Women engineers trace tech gender gap to childhood
Steeped in video game culture and barraged by positive male tech industry role models, boys tend to dominate conversations around computing early on, leaving girls feeling shut out, said Yeung.
As for her own childhood, Yeung said that as she got older, her commitment to computing carried a social cost as female friends drifted toward other interests.
‘‘It’s harder to spend time with them. It’s harder to do things with them,’’ she said. ‘‘I think you feel kind of a conflicting pull between friends and career interests. That can be hard.’’