Study: Geeks Keep The Girls Away From Tech Jobs

By Ed Orum

Women steer clear from jobs in tech because they imagine their lives would be like a bad episode of TV's "The Big Bang Theory." Whether that's true doesn't necessarily matter - the stereotypes of geeky guys in science and tech is enough to dissuade women from pursuing a career in computer science.

That's the conclusion of researcher Sapna Cheryan, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and perhaps why only 22 percent of computer science grads are women.