Women filled computer-programming jobs in the U.S. and U.K. after World War II, but as government and business professionalized programming, the decline of female coders began.
If nothing else happened in 2017, this has been a year where women started to assert themselves more into society in a push that hasn’t been seen in decades. In the process of doing so, we are reminding ourselves of where we have been, where we are, and where we should be. Women in tech has always been a topic of interest here at TechCommGeekMom, because there is a generation (namely mine) that essentially got shut out because our predecessors got shut out. We found some other ways to work around it, but not always. We need to learn from our history (which is spelled out well in this Wall Street Journal article), and see what we can do to change this. There is no reason whatsoever for the technical field not to be equal between men and women in the workforce doing the same jobs. None.
Think of it like this–they don’t say that “Mother Necessity” is the reason for invention for nothing, right? Women have often been the inspiration for technical advance, and even a few super smart ones were able to break those barriers to the world’s advantage. So why would you want to lock them out?
It is not only up to women to fight for their right to work equally in the tech field, but it’s up to men who understand and appreciate that women are perfectly capable of doing the same jobs for equal pay as well.
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