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Breaking Down Stereotypes About Computing

Julie Pagano
September 05, 2014

Breaking Down Stereotypes About Computing

A short talk I put together to break down some stereotypes about computing for a group of middle school aged girls.

Julie Pagano

September 05, 2014


  1. Breaking Down Stereotypes About Computing by Julie Pagano

  2. Julie Pagano • Software engineer • Shopping Experience team •

    Focus on front-end web dev • BS CoE from UPitt 2007 • Coding since middle school
  3. Stereotype “an often unfair and untrue belief that many people

    have about all people or things with a particular characteristic"
  4. Stereotypes About Computing & Programmers

  5. What are some stereotypes?

  6. Stereotypes

  7. Stereotypes

  8. Stereotypes

  9. Stereotypes

  10. Stereotypes

  11. stereotype: men are better at computers & programming

  12. stereotype: at

  13. men are better at computers & programming NOPE

  14. reality: women are just as good at computers & programming

  15. I’m not going to shrink it and pink it

  16. omg computers!

  17. Let’s start with the past

  18. Awesome Women in Computing History

  19. Ada Lovelace ! 1815–1852 • Analyst of Charles Babbage's analytical

    engine • First “computer programmer”
  20. Kathleen Booth ! • Wrote 1st assembly language

  21. Grace Hopper 1906–1992 • Computer scientist & US Navy rear

    admiral • One of 1st programmers of Harvard Mark I computer • Invented the first compiler • Popularized “debugging” • “mother of COBOL”
  22. Frances Allen 1932–present • Pioneer in the field of optimizing

    compilers • 1st female IBM Fellow in 1989 • 1st female recipient of the ACM's Turing Award (“Nobel prize of computing”) in 2006
  23. Barbara Liskov 1939–present • Developed the Liskov substitution principle •

    2008 Turing Award winner • Institute professor at MIT
  24. Anita Borg 1949–2003 • Founded the Institute for Women and

    Technology (now the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) • Founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  25. Maria Klawe 1951–present • ACM president 2002-2004 • President of

    Harvey Mudd College (2006-present) • Harvey Mudd went from 10% to 40% female CS majors
  26. Maria Klawe

  27. Programming is all about math.

  28. Math is important, but there’s so much more.

  29. Problem Solving

  30. Creativity

  31. Communication

  32. People

  33. Awesome Things You Can Do With Computers

  34. Help People Tiffani Ashley Bell & Kristy Tillman • Creators

    of Detroit Water Project - matches people in Detroit to donors to help with water bills.
  35. Educate People Kimberly Bryant • Founder of Black Girls Code

    ! Sara Chipps & Vanessa Hurst • Founders of Girl Develop It
  36. Develop Games Christina Ann Coffin • Founder of Light &

    Dark Arts indie game studio • Developer on games including Assassin’s Creed II and Battlefield 3
  37. Build Robots Heather Knight • PhD Student at CMU’s Robotics

    Institute • Works on human robot interaction, sensor fusion, personal robots, theatrical robot performances and behavior system design.
  38. Improve Lives Brittany Wenger • 1st place winner of the

    Google Science Fair in 2012 for Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer - web-based application to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer
  39. Enable Fashion Camille Fournier • CTO at Rent the Runway

    - an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals.
  40. Harness Data Hilary Mason • Founder of Fast Forward Labs

    • Previously Chief Scientist at Bitly
  41. journalism, politics, art, literature, sports, law, advertising, forensics, engineering, film,

    animation, environment, communications, medicine, and more…
  42. programming is not just one thing.

  43. programming is a skill that opens doors to do many

  44. stereotypes about computing and programming are just that…

  45. stereotypes about computing and programming are just that… stereotypes

  46. Stereotype “an often unfair and untrue belief that many people

    have about all people or things with a particular characteristic"
  47. Questions?

  48. Attribution • Calculator designed by SuperAtic LABS from the Noun

    Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/calculator/ 36414/ • Brainstorm designed by Björn Andersson from the Noun Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/brainstorm/ 15232/ • Chat designed by Stephanie Scott Means from the Noun Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/chat/57678/ • Crowd designed by Alex Kwa from the Noun Project - http:// thenounproject.com/term/crowd/33373/