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A brief history of women in computing


"Moving into the post-war era and the 1960’s, software engineering was considered “women’s work” because it was thought of as clerical. Hardware was the difficult job, i.e. “for men”. Cosmopolitan famously ran a 1967 issue about “The Computer Girls,” with Admiral Hopper saying women are “naturals” at computer programming. (By “naturals” Hopper wasn’t referring to biology, it should be noted, but to the responsibilities women were socialized in, such as planning a dinner and having everything be ready at the appropriate time.)

Starting in the late 1960’s, men realized programming was actually really hard, and thus, prestigious. That meant it was lucrative and valuable, and (some) men didn’t want women enjoying all the benefits of that. As researcher and historian Nathan Ensmenger helped reveal, professional organizations, smear marketing and ad campaigns were created that discouraged the hiring of women into computer science and programming roles. Meanwhile, aptitude tests were made (by men) that favored men in their evaluation steps, and the answers to those tests were circulated across male-only groups like fraternities. (Worth noting: women being shamed into or out of things via advertising has tremendous historical precedent.)"
Permalink Yoda 
August 12th, 2017 10:57am
I take issue with #4. She's really a man.
Permalink NPR 
August 12th, 2017 11:27am
Audrey Tang is also transgender, if that's your point.
Permalink The Intelligence Man 
August 12th, 2017 11:49am
I just realized that, too, thanks.
Permalink NPR 
August 12th, 2017 11:51am
The famous female programmers list is obviously somebody's half-baked web scraping. #3 started out as a man too. Maybe if I had two X chromosomes I might roll my eyes at yet another example of people with a Y chromosome getting a job despite despite being less qualified ;)
Permalink brone 
August 12th, 2017 12:54pm
Dang, so 3 of those had the benefit of testosterone to increase their aptitude.
Permalink NPR 
August 12th, 2017 1:10pm
Yoda, do you ever get the feeling the discussion isn't going in the direction you expected?
Permalink libtard_uk 
August 12th, 2017 1:51pm
Yes, it's like to trying to discuss something serious with drunks.
Permalink Yoda 
August 12th, 2017 2:38pm
Yeah, yeah, I get the hint :P
Permalink Send private email Io 
August 12th, 2017 3:10pm
"Starting in the late 1960’s, men realized programming was actually really hard, and thus, prestigious."

Permalink Bluebeard 
August 12th, 2017 5:21pm
A lot of key early advancements in computing were made by women. Non only that but Ada, the first programmer in history, was a woman.

Even today women make many significant contributions. Men as well.

I wonder if people consider this following article to be hate speech though.

Permalink Reality Check 
August 13th, 2017 2:11am
I consider it stupid speech.
Permalink Yoda 
August 13th, 2017 8:12am

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