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Women in Computing and the Contingency of Informatics Cultures


The paper first shows how early programming was highly shaped by women, and who these were. It further shows when and why computing moved into the hands of men. Then it will deal with the culturally most differentiated participation of women in informatics studies. It turns out that low female participation is mainly a problem of the western, and north-western countries in the world. A lot of reasons are given, also only suspected ones, but there are so many diversities and influences, both in space and in time, that it is difficult to put them together into a consistent and stable picture. This also makes strategies to invite more women into (western) computing a contingent task and it requires steady accompanying measures.


  • Foreign Student
  • Female Participation
  • Female Scientist
  • Female Graduate
  • Gender Culture

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Schinzel, B. (2017). Women in Computing and the Contingency of Informatics Cultures. In: Werthner, H., van Harmelen, F. (eds) Informatics in the Future. Springer, Cham.

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