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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The interviewers didn't care either.
by wannabe geek on Fri 30th Mar 2012 15:01 UTC
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The men were amazed. To their credit, once they became convinced that she hadn’t faked her results, they knew she would be a great hire. They recommended her for training as a programmer analyst, the most senior position being filled. She completed the training and became one of the first women to program computers in Canada. Gwen would go on to lead a number of large computerization projects in the insurance industry as well as for the City of Toronto.


Actually she was treated with fairness, according to her marks. Good for her.

In contrast, nowadays countless applicants are rejected because of their sex, race or similar considerations, that is, because they don't belong to the legally mandated quota of women and minorities. Where's the outrage?

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