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Cracking the Code by Lisa M. MacLean

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         CHAPTER 1         

THE BREADTH OF THE PROBLEM

This book will examine the problem of underrepresented populations (URPs) in the so-called “STEM” fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Who are these URPs? What creates them? And finally, why should there be concern about URPs in STEM? Computer Science (CS) has auxiliary disciplines, such as Information Systems or Network Administration, but all technology-related fields suffer from the same problem. The breadth of the problem, or a comprehensive overview of the situation, is presented here.

It will be shown that these URPs are women, especially minority women. Women, especially women of color, tend to be concentrated at the lower socioeconomic levels, which impacts the ...

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