How to fix the shocking, sexist collapse of female coders

Today, coding is dominated by men — but it hasn't always been this way. This is fascinating and infuriating history:

As recently as 1984, women made up nearly 40 per cent of all computer science majors at US universities. But instead of that percentage continuing to grow, as it did in law, medicine and science, it halved. Now women make up just 17 per cent. One reason seems to be the advent of the home computer in the 1970s and early 80s. Before then, most students had never worked with a computer until college. But when Acorns and Amstrads and Commodores came out, parents started buying them for their children – well, their male children.


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