The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Lovelace, the mathematician, died when she was 36. The women who worked on the ENIAC have all passed away, as has Grace Hopper. But every time you write on a computer, play a music file or add up a number with your phone’s calculator, you are using tools that might not exist without the work of these women.

Isaacson’s book [The Innovators] reminds us of that fact. And perhaps knowing that history will show a new generation of women that programming is for girls.

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The worst part is that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy: If men make an assumption that women aren’t great at tech, then those men won’t help mentor women. Women will then start believing they aren’t great at tech or feel alienated from the community. As a result, there will be no women in tech, which just perpetuates the stereotype and the cycle.

Last year, soon after I’d moved into a co-working space, I was working on yet another Saturday afternoon. A fellow founder in the space — a male, early forties — started chatting with me. He’d just started working on his own startup, and had a question.

“I see you in here every day working late, and on the weekends. I’m building out my own team and was just wondering how he keeps you motivated to work so hard?”

“What do you mean?” I asked. I was thoroughly confused. “Its my own startup. Of course I’m motivated.”

“Ohhh,” his voiced trailed off. “I just thought… well, I just assumed he was the founder.” The guy pointed at Marcin’s desk. Marcin just happened to be the only male on the team who worked in that office.

#273 Because of women in science - part 6.

365reasonstobeafeminist:

In an attempt to learn more about sexism in science, U.S Huffington Post Science asked women to share their experiences on the secret-sharing app Whisper. They were flooded with responses. Here are some of them:

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anitaborginstitute:

Are you joining us on Saturday, October 11th for the International Women’s #Hackathon? Tinyurl.com/m3tsfk5

anitaborginstitute:

Are you joining us on Saturday, October 11th for the International Women’s #Hackathon? Tinyurl.com/m3tsfk5

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lifeandcode:

giraffodill:

perfect comic is perfect

Only thing that would make this better is some #bubbline

An Open Letter on Feminism In Tech

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huffingtonpost:

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

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tech-girls:

Girls Are the Answer - a great infographic from @techgirlzorg, helping to bridge the gender gap in tech!

tech-girls:

Girls Are the Answer - a great infographic from @techgirlzorg, helping to bridge the gender gap in tech!

Women In Technology: A Visual Guide

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Net Neutrality is a Feminist Issue. Here's Why. | Bitch Media

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