My book notes on Unlocking the Clubhouse
January 2014 (perspective of a postdoc)
I first read Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing in January 2014. It's greatly influenced my thinking about how to broaden participation in computing and inspired me to learn more about this topic.
Here are the notes I took when reading this book. They're rough and unedited, so I make no guarantees about accuracy, nuance, or quality. But I decided to upload them here so that I can hopefully get more people interested in this very important book.
Primary methodology: 263 in-depth interviews with 127 CMU (mostly) computer science undergraduate students over a 4-year time span in the late 1990s, following these students over several years of their college careers. Careful qualitative data analysis.
Chapter 1 - The Magnetic Attraction
Chapter 2 - Middle and High School: A Room of His Own
Chapter 3 - Computing with a Purpose
Chapter 4 - Geek Mythology
Chapter 5 - Living among the Programming Gods: The Nexus of Confidence and Interest
Chapter 6 - Persistence and Resistance: Staying in Computer Science
Chapter 7 - A Tale of 240 Teachers
Chapter 8 - Changing the University
Epilogue: Changing the Conversation in Computer Science