Despite both government and industry initiatives, the under-representation of women in information systems (IS) continues. Can academia help right this imbalance by helping fill the pipeline for technically qualified female employees? We analyze the results of four experimental interventions based on empirical studies and prior surveys designed to address this issue. We conducted these interventions as projects in an introductory undergraduate IS class in a public university in the western US. Sadly, none were effective in encouraging more female students to consider majoring in IS.
Anderson, Lisa; Edberg, Dana; Reed, Adam; Simkin, Mark G.; and Stiver, Debra
"How Can Universities Best Encourage Women to Major in Information Systems?,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 41
, Article 29.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol41/iss1/29