Support Making Tech Fields More Accessible to Women


Target: President of Carnegie Mellon University, Subra Suresh, President of the University of Washington, Michael Young, and President of Harvey Mudd, Maria Klawe

Goal: Thank colleges for helping women enter tech-related fields

With computer skills becoming increasingly more important in jobs, it is crucial that men and women are equally prepared. Less and less women are entering tech fields though due to less women studying engineering and computer science because they lack the support. Colleges such as Carnegie Mellon University, Harvey Mudd, and the University of Washington are successfully increasing the rates of women in the tech field.

The three colleges are ensuring that women are tour guides for computer science, are featured in brochures, and are recruited for computer science camps. In particular, Carnegie Mellon University removed the restrictions of prior experience in programming as well as established mentorship programs for women. The University of Washington also offers introductory courses that contain real-life applications. The University of Washington found that women surpass men in their preference for computer science. A staggering 60% of women leaned toward the major versus 15% of men after taking the class. In addition, Harvey Mudd’s courses center on problem solving versus programming to increase appeal for women. Carnegie Mellon University stands by its programming courses, stating that they have found no difference in interests of men and women. However, with 15% and 17% for Google and Facebook, respectively, with women employees, there is an argument that something must be done to encourage women to enter the tech field.

Please show your appreciation of the ways to improve accessibility to women interested in pursuing a career in the tech field.


Dear President Suresh, President Young, and President Klawe,

Each of your schools, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Washington, and Harvey Mudd, respectively, have taken steps to support women with aspirations for the tech field. I am writing to thank you for your efforts. Your schools are truly inspiring and innovative. Hopefully, other schools can follow your lead.

With careers moving toward the tech field, computer skills and engineering become more imperative. Please continue to encourage women to feel they can study whatever subject they would like, so that they may follow whichever career path they would like.


[Your Name Here]

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