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The number of women in some academia disciplines like computer science remains low despite the continuous efforts to increase it. What is being done to make academic careers in computer science (and related fields) more appealing to women? Are there any studies on the ways of improving the working conditions for women in academia?

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Please, let's refrain from using comments like a chat-room/forum. The majority of comments say little more than "I don't have an answer, but let's chat." That's the problem with questions like these in the context of a Q&A. It's just a discussion starter, more than anything else. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 3 '12 at 16:59
This question is very broad. If you could restrict it to a specific situation, it might fly, but as currently asked you could write an entire book (or PhD thesis!) to answer it… –  F'x Jan 23 '13 at 19:33
I don't want to start an edit “war”, but I think the only part of the question that could fit the site format is the second part: “Are there any studies on the ways of improving the working conditions for women in academia?” I thus propose to edit the question as: Like many professions, academia is a challenging environment for women. In some disciplines (e.g. computer science), the number of women remains low despite efforts to increase it. Have there been any academic studies on the ways of improving the working conditions for women, specifically focussing on women in academia? –  F'x Jan 24 '13 at 9:38

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NIH and NSF have efforts to encourage women to enter, and stay in, biomedical sciences (NIH) and science and engineering (NSF) careers. I am not sure to what extent these efforts are evidenced based. I am not aware of to what extent the IEEE, DOD, etc. have formalized their "inclusion" efforts.

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In the U.K. there is the Athena Swann initiative ecu.ac.uk/equality-charter-marks/athena-swan which aim to "encourage and recognise commitment to combating this underrepresentation and advancing the careers of women in STEMM research and academia." –  Dikran Marsupial Mar 9 at 15:27

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