Composition in Computing
Combining academic and industry representation, the NCWIT Pacesetters program
works to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.
WhaT GeTs measUred gets done.” Taking this maxim to heart, a group of highly com- mitted member organizations from the National Center
for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) formed a nationwide U.S.
program “Pacesetters.” Twenty-four
academic and corporate organizations
committed to adding 1,000 “Net New
Women” to the U.S. computing talent
pool by 2012.
PhotograPhs courtesy oF sit with me
Net New Women are technical
women who would otherwise not have
pursued or remained in computing careers. These are the women who have
little or incorrect information about
computing careers; who never experienced an engaging introduction that
sparked their interest in computing;
who had an interest, but left because
no one encouraged them and told
them they could succeed in computing; or who switched to a different
career after tiring of the isolation or
career stagnation they experienced.
Understanding the urgency of this situation, NCWIT Pacesetters are creating
a model for change that they hope will
finally “move the needle,” both within
organizations and on a national scale,
in real and quantifiable ways.
NCWIT is a rapidly growing coalition of more than 300 corporations,
academic institutions, government
agencies, and non-profit organizations
devoted to women’s full participation
in computing (see http://www.ncwit.org).
Representatives from 14 Pacesetters organizations are featured in video stories promoting
their results as part of the Sit With me campaign in use by over 300 nc Wit organizations