The computing industry’s rate of job creation in the U.S. is now three times the national average. Meanwhile, the gender gap in computing is getting worse, which has severe implications for the U.S. economy. But there’s good news: research from Accenture and Girls Who Code recommends a new approach to sparking and sustaining girls’ interest in computing. This approach could increase the proportion of women in computing from 24 percent to 39 percent by 2025, and boost their cumulative earnings by $299 billion in the same timeframe.
“Dramatically increasing the number of women in computing is critical to closing the computer science skills gap facing every business in today’s digital economy” said Julie Sweet, chief executive officer – North America, to attendees at the Grace Hopper Conference in Houston. “Without action, we risk leaving a large portion of our country’s talent on the sidelines of the high-value computing jobs that are key to U.S. innovation and competitiveness.”
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