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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

There 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 fields.

  • 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.

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