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Female BCS membership increases

Women IT specialists are getting increasing support from the BCS after big growth in female membership of the society.

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Women have accounted for 22% of new members in the recent growth, which has taken BCS total membership to more than 50,000 for the first time.

The BCS increase is bucking the trend among professional bodies generally, and the proportion of women among the new members is also above the declining percentage of women in IT.

BCS vice-president Rachel Burnett said she was encouraged by the figures.

"Through the newly established Women's Forum the BCS will be a major source of information and advice for and about women in IT," said Burnett.

"Furthermore, the flourishing BCS Women Specialist Group provides networking services for IT professionals and support throughout their careers."

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