Although Computer Science is taught largely by male professors, I feel that females are left behind because they feel intimidation from their male peers. Every other boy in the class it seems already has developed their own website or programmed a video game. Without a system to help favor those who may not already be familiar with the programming domain as many of their die-hard-gamer computer-nerd classmates, they give up and stop asking for help. Women in computer science need a system to help them succeed along with more role models women to achieve success.
Harvey Mudd College leads in awarding forty percent of their Computer Science Degrees to women. Here women are nurtured early on. For example, the introductory classes are divided into two different sections: black and gold. Those who have no prior experience attend the gold section. This class also focuses on teaching how computer science is not only about programming, but applicable to science as well. The president of Harvey Mudd, Maria Klawe, has a PhD in Computer Science. Her inspiration as a role model becomes infectious to women around her in the major. This leads more women to finish the major and to graduate.