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I'm confused. How'd we go from contributors like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and Margret Hamilton, to: WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN TECH, WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN TECH!!!

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    Because as soon as men became involved in what was originally a "womans profession" - data clerks kinda evolved into the 1st computer scientists - as usually happens it then became a "mens profession" which in turn means a rather unwelcome environment for women. Lets do our best to reverse that and make it a welcome environment for all!!
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    @baeovvulf but even if programming is/will be a welcome environment for women some people will still want more women in tech. There are idiots that only see the number "25%" and believe there's inequality. Those are voices you should not care about because they don't know how to read statistics.
    It's the same with the wage gap, those $ 0.87 are a myth but some people still use them as a reason to push their propaganda. (There is a wage gap, but it's not as big as those $ 0.87 because woman tend to go into professions with lower-paid jobs)

    Point is, there will always be crybabies. And as long as the female team lead at work feels welcome i don't have to listen to these crybabies.
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    Not to mention the first employed programmers: Kay McNulty, Betty Jennings, Betty Snyder, Marlyn Wescoff, Fran Bilas, and Ruth Lichterman.
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    Not more women in tech is what we need. We need to break the stigma that STEM proffesions not good for women. And this stigma is so deep it changes the actual viewpoint of females choosing their profession.
    When females will not be bent by this stigma, not having women will be their choice, and having women will be our profit.
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    Why do we need more women in tech?
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    @hubiruchi
    you hit on a really importat point there. I think the whole issue of the tech sector's purported lack of women, comes from the fact that there's an oversaturation of men in STEM degrees, but not necessarily in the industry itself.

    Companies that hire engineers typically require candidates to have degrees in computer science or STEM related disciplines; where most women tend to show less interest. Hense why women tend to occupy HR related roles in tech companies, more often than engineering roles.

    And mass media cultural conditioning of women to aspire to be mere pretty social objects, and corporate accessories rather than diligent thinkers, doesn't help the situation much either.
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    @baeovvulf
    But men were always sort of involved, no?
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    @segfault0xff
    Exactly, just let women choose what they do rather than pressuring all of them into STEM fields.
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    @Fields
    No one should be pressured into doing anything. Especially something they don't like. But there's a difference between pressuring out of dislike, and encouragement out of lack of discovery.
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