This article summarises some initial findings of the Girls and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey, which is seeking to identify factors that discourage female involvement in ICT. Initial findings suggest widespread misperception as to the opportunities ICT offers girls as a possible career path. Special ICT events, days and clubs were found to have a significant relationship with students’ plans to undertake ICT in their future study. Some of the usual reasons advanced for reduced numbers of girls taking these subjects, such as ‘There are too many boys in these subjects’ and ‘I don’t have much experience in using computers’, were not supported by the research.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)