Essays on Contributions Made by Women in the Field of Computer Science Coursework

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The paper "Contributions Made by Women in the Field of Computer Science" is a good example of information technology coursework.   It is a very popular belief that Women are always underestimated by many. However, it is also in trend of getting them underrepresented in undergraduate engineering programs. These programs are mostly those related to computers. As focussed by G. Blanch and I. Rhodes (pp. 1-6, 1974), women mostly are found dropping out of engineering programs when they become frustrated and very heavily demoralised by low exam scores that she scores.

Though this should not be the scene, yet it is prevailing all over and more and more women are passive of choosing a line in the engineering stream, especially one with the computers. This paper is all about the contributions made by women in the field of Computer Science and about their performance in the IT field. I am trying to look at the notion in a very different way. I am also attempting to show that women are not lagging behind in the Computer Engineering section. My paper is a kind of discussion to all these notions that prevails in society.

I personally feel that there should not be such declarations regarding the intelligence of women in the field of Computer intelligence.   2. THOUGHTS OF DWECK As we follow Dweck we find two categories for individuals’ beliefs about intelligence. These two are stated to be the incremental theory, that determines added intelligence, and the entity theory that deals with the derivational intelligence. As declared by Dweck, women are more likely to be entity theorists than men. Many people believe that there is a great difference between exam averages between women and men.

Speculations make it clear that the difference is actually between the entity and incremental theorists. We find Alison Kelly, (p. p1092-1108, 1976), considering that these assumptions are never being proved to be statistically significant yet there are many who still follows these types of notion. As for the same thing comes up when the impression of women come into concern computer science. As stated by Betty M Vetter (p. p 2-9,1987), there is no doubt to the fact that many people, with whom she made some enquiries; would say it is a male-dominated subject and suits man most.   3.

CONTRIBUTIONS BY WOMEN These types of thoughts in Men, about Women not being well acquainted with Computer Engineering sound very interesting. The truth will be surprising to those who think so. Actually, this is because of the unawareness in these Men regarding the roles as having been played by women, in the development of computer science from a very initial period. As it is a universally accepted thought that ‘ great female thinkers are still in the thick of things as they have been throughout’ .

In this context, we find lots of female students as computer scientists. In some places they may be fewer in numbers, but what matter is a scale in which they are outperforming the men. 3.1 Ada Lovelace The first programmer on this new science was a woman, called Ada Lovelace. She is very renown for managing the first programme ever on computers. Not only her, but there are many women, like Pamela E. Kramer and Sheila Lehman; who were of great importance in the development of this particular science.

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