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Women in Computer Science Are Making Strides

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As a senior majoring in computer science at Vanderbilt University, Lina Drechsler is looking forward to a bright future. Drechsler has secured a job as a software engineer at Microsoft when she graduates, and has had a good academic experience in a field traditionally dominated by men.

"Vanderbilt actually does a great job of striving for gender balance in their engineering school," observes Drechsler, noting that for the current freshman engineering class, for the first time the ratio is "49.9% male and 50.1% female." Most of Drechsler's classes have an even gender split, she says, although she adds, "I have had classes where I am one of only two females."


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