“The lack of women in technology roles really starts in education,” said Crystal Valentine, vice president of technology strategy at MapR Technologies. “It starts at the time when students are starting to think about their careers, primarily at the college level when they start to declare majors.”
Women of Washington invited Valentine on the show to discuss how to get young women excited about technology and to share her personal experiences working in the field of computer science. Prior to working at MapR, Valentine was a professor of computer science at Amherst College and has been active on both the academic and professional sides of the technology sector.
She shared what the computer science department at Amherst discovered when exploring how to raise the share of female computer science majors from around 25 percent of computer science graduates to achieve parity.
“The barriers are primarily psychological,” she said, explaining what studies had revealed about the lack of women in technology.
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