re: what bothers you the most of being a programmer? VIEW POST

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re: The lack of women in the profession after growing up with a mom who was #womenintech
 

Yeah, that is so shitty. Hopefully we can reverse the trend for the next generation.

 

I grew up in a NASA family so looking around in the 80s at corporate events I knew my parents worked with so many women. I thought it was the norm in science. Then I went to an engineering school and in my freshman year the ratio of men to women was 7:1. No idea why women aren’t attracted to the profession. Some of the first computer scientists were women and from what I understand in the beginning of computing men wanted little to do with the job. Half a century ago computer science was a very different thing, but that in itself doesn’t explain it.

That is a very interesting thing to think about. I don't understand it either. Maybe in male chauvinist countries is understandable the low ratio situation due to discrimination. But here in USA(where I live), it is weird to still see that huge difference in numbers. In my classes like 90% are men. I have no clue about why it is like that in first-world countries as well. Speaking of NASA, it reminded me of one of my favorite movies that touches on this subject from gender/racial perspective: Hidden Figures.

I feel like it used to be a "women's job" due to it being a backend war job, just how men used to go to the frontlines and women and children would work the factories making ammunition and supplies.
Then, in peaceful times, women chose less misanthropic pursuits than STEM.

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