Breaking
Barriers
Spotlight on Student Experience
Whether it's through art forms like video games or on social media, hearing from every voice means we can work toward a more just society. Using technology that represents all of us to build a better society, that's the future I imagine.Tabea Marzlin

When it comes to studying and working in technology-related fields, women are still in the minority. That’s something the Faculty of Computer Science has been working hard to change, and their efforts are getting results.  

When classes started this past September, there were more than twice as many female students entering undergraduate Computer Science programs than in 2016. Tabea Marzlin was among them as one of the 32 female undergraduate students who received the Faculty’s new Women in Technology Scholarships. She’s thrilled to be part of creating a new reality for women in the field. 

“I think that men are often surprised that women have as much technical knowledge as we do,” Tabea says. “The more women we get in the field, the more we increase the representation, that will change. Having someone who looks like me in Computer Science would have definitely encouraged me, so I hope that I can do that for others.

“I’m particularly interested in video games — that's my whole dream, to be a game developer — and that is really a very underrepresented field for women. I think you can see that in the kind of games we have: they're very male-oriented, the protagonists are male and the mechanics are often about war and shooting. There's so much more we can do with games.”

 

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