Book Review: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing

This book looks at how influential the environment and perception has on the development of a boy’s or girl’s interest in computer science. It takes quantitative and qualitative data from a survey the authors devised to emphasize the significant difference in attitudes between girls and boys at any stage of their lives. At the end, it suggests ways to destroy that barrier and introduce more women into the field of computer science.

This book changed the way I looked at gender bias in STEM fields, especially in engineering. Before, gender bias wasn’t significant, more like a minor annoyance. But looking back, I realize that the influence was there, but so subtle that it was never noticeable. There is a major barrier against women in STEM because we’re traditionally taught to be more cautious and less sure of our own capabilities among other things. With personal accounts and statistics on the topic, this book is relevant to a large majority of students at Lynbrook.

5 of 5 stars

Submitted by Tiffany C.