Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn’t always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don’t pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.
This is an interesting phenomenon…oddly enough, when I was in college, most of the computer science majors I knew were women who were deep into math. I wasn’t, but in retrospect, I probably could’ve learned programming just fine. Times have changed in 30 +/- years. Perhaps many who would’ve been programmers are technical communicators instead? Who knows…but there are plenty of us techie gals out there. We just have to encourage more techie gals to not be shy, let nothing hold them back, and pursue STEM careers like computer science.
See on www.thetakeaway.org