Before Title IX
The old stereotype that girls cannot achieve in math and science took on a new dimension when we entered the technology revolution. Computer programming was considered male territory, and computer games were designed as boys' toys. If a woman used a computer, it was for data entry.
Since Title IX
With ongoing computer technology advancement, it's even more important that students keep up with technology, not only for their education, but also for later employment. Title IX opened the doors to technology for women and girls. Today, girls and boys spend equal amounts of time on the computer both at home and at school. Boys leave high school, however, with a greater interest in and knowledge of computers.
Why Title IX Is Still Critical
are still only a small number of women and girls in technology and computer
science, which limits their employment and
economic opportunities in these highly competitive, lucrative and expanding
- According to a 2000 study by the Department of Labor,
nearly 75% of future jobs will require the use of computers, but less than
33% of participants in computer courses and related activities are girls.
- The number of women receiving bachelor's degrees in
computer and information sciences reached a high of 37% in 1984, but
dropped to 28% in 2000-01.
- Girls take approximately half of all AP exams
but only 17% of the AP computer science exams.
Ask the Secretary of Education
to Keep Title IX Strong for Women in Technology