Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2012 20:32 UTC
General Development A beautiful story about Gwen Barzay, a black woman who broke both racial and gender barriers to become an early computer programmer. "Today she is retired, and like most retirees, she asks her son to help her with computers. She likes her Mac and runs a small business buying and selling books on line. What does she have to say about the difficulties she faced breaking into a male-dominated industry? 'I had it easy. The computer didn't care that I was a woman or that I was black. Most women had it much harder.'" The computer didn't care. Beautifully put.
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RE[3]: Gender Barrier?
by transputer_guy on Fri 30th Mar 2012 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gender Barrier?"
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I think it had far more to do with WWII, both the UK and US hired literally zillions of women who weren't allowed to fight into the secret world of the intelligence gathering and processing.

That's where the early computing devices were, so after the war, there was a ready pool of women that had worked on these data entry thingies that men hadn't seen yet.

Some of those were working as operators on code cracking machines, and other on what ever else the WAF could do where men weren't available.

I suspect Grace Hopper got her start there too.

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