The Stereotypical Computer Scientist: Gendered Media Representations as a Barrier to Inclusion for Women

  title={The Stereotypical Computer Scientist: Gendered Media Representations as a Barrier to Inclusion for Women},
  author={Sapna Cheryan and Victoria C. Plaut and Caitlin Handron and Lauren Hudson},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The present research examines undergraduates’ stereotypes of the people in computer science, and whether changing these stereotypes using the media can influence women’s interest in computer science. In Study 1, college students at two U.S. West Coast universities (N = 293) provided descriptions of computer science majors. Coding these descriptions revealed that computer scientists were perceived as having traits that are incompatible with the female gender role, such as lacking interpersonal… 
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