Despite Gains on the Business Side, Women Lag in Computer Science

Doesn't look like the end of men is here just yet.

Where’s their tea? Ladies love tea. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Things are looking better for the ladies of the tech business, but we’ve still got a long way to go on the computer science front. That’s the conclusion the panelists of Women to Watch seem to have reached in yesterday’s premiere of our industry’s very own version of The View, your mom’s favorite show about ladies sitting around yakkin’ about stuff.

According to the Bloomberg News recap, the panelists agreed that things are looking a lot sunnier these days, with many venture capitalists happy to hand out cash and founding teams looking for a female perspective.


The dearth of women in computer science shows in the workforce. Tobaccowala runs the engineering department at SurveyMonkey, a provider of online surveys, and previously founded the website Evite Inc. Of the 26 people on her team, only one of them is female, she said.

“There’s still a pipeline problem of women in computer science and engineering, even from 10 years ago,” Tobaccowala said.

Nor will it be a simple matter to unskew those numbers: “It’s going to take a decade or more to be more representative,” added Accel partner Theresia Gouw Ranzetta.

The tide might be turning, though. A recent post at Women 2.0 pointed out that fully 41 percent of Harvard’s 2013 computer science class were women. That’s not parity, but it’s getting close.

What Women in Tech will discuss now that they’ve hashed out their most obvious topic of conversation is another question entirely.