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More positive news from the ASEE aggregator:

The San Francisco Chronicle (9/26, Floum) reports on the Hackbright Academy. The academy teaches “women how to program in a supportive, all-female environment.” In its first year, the San Francisco ten-week crash course graduated close to eighty female software engineers. The article notes that “55 women graduated with computer science or related bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley, and 27 women graduated with computer science degrees from Stanford in 2012,” according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

Under the headline, “Why Aren’t Women Interested in Computer Science?,” the Wall Street Journal (9/25) “Digits” blog reported the number of women pursuing computer jobs has been falling. Women made up 27 percent of computer jobs in 2011, but the number has fallen since 1990 when it was on 34 percent.