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Table of Contents - Volume 44, Issue 4 - November 2014

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Now what?: action items from social science research to bridge the gender gap in computing research

Jane Stout, Tracy Camp

Pages: 5-8


Our culture is currently paying a great deal of attention to issues of diversity in computing and technology. More specifically, society wonders why there are not more women involved in computing. Statistics on women's representation in all levels of the postsecondary academic pipeline, and in professions outside of the academy, have been bleak for decades. In response to this, social scientists have taken great interest in understanding why this cultural phenomenon exists. Although women's underrepresentation may seem intractable due to many years of stagnancy, we urge readers to take heart, and capitalize on the cultural climate, which places great emphasis on promoting gender equity and diversity in computing.

In this article, we review a number of factors that explain women's low participation in and attrition from computing, which have been developed through empirical research. We then articulate actionable items that can be implemented "on the ground" in classrooms and professional settings, as well as "on the books" at the administrative and public policy level. We conclude by urging readers to consider this a "people's issue" rather than a "women's issue", because all people can benefit from environments, cultural beliefs and policies that espouse inclusivity and equity.

We are out of balance

Gene Spafford

Pages: 9-12


This paper is a republication of an original blog post by Gene Spafford with a title of the same name. It includes comments on the general lack of women in the computing subfield of cybersecurity and advice for both men and women. The original blog posting can be found at

Much ado about salary: Grace Hopper and Satya Nadella

Valerie Barr

Pages: 13-14


This paper is a response to the interview between Maria Klawe and Satya Nadella at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in a context of the history of the conference since 1994. Maria Klawe is president of Harvey Mudd College and member of the Microsoft board of directors. Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft.

Reflections on GHC2014: the 2014 conference and hopes for the future

Dee A. B. Weikle

Pages: 15-17


Sexism in the circuitry: female participation in male-dominated popular computer culture

Michael James Heron, Pauline Belford, Ayse Goker

Pages: 18-29


In this paper, the authors discuss sexism and misogyny within video game culture through the lens of two high-profile examples of cyber-mob harassment and vilification of 'girls in gaming'. We discuss the representation of women within games as a set up for a discussion of Anita Sarkeesian and her Women versus Tropes in Games Youtube series. We then discuss indie game developer Zoe Quinn and what has become known online as 'gamergate. We use logs from the participants in Quinn's harassment to deconstruct the anatomy, techniques and methodology of misogynist online harassment, and how it is permitted and normalized by wider gaming culture. We stress that while this is not universal, it is wide-spread, insidious, and a major problem for video gaming culture. We conclude with a short discussion on the ways in which the issue can be addressed.

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