Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Mar 2017 19:57 UTC
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Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers - the people who programmed the first digital computers - were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happened?

An older article from 2014 that - sadly - just refuses to become irrelevant.

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RE[4]: Comment by mramsey
by dsmogor on Tue 28th Mar 2017 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by mramsey"
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I've only worked in stereotypical IT jobs: boring, monotonous, cold, musty, dim cubical farms with no windows, not very sociable. I've got a strong drive for CS and even I'm tired of my physical surroundings, it's not glamorous at all. It may be sexist even to say this but I would understand why a female wouldn't want to work in that sort of environment, even if they like CS itself.


Well there's one factor that might trump all above mentioned in many cases and it is the fact that IT is one of the surest paths to financial independence.
Compared to many underpaid, unrewarding jobs and roles many women are stuck in the conditions you mentioned aren't really that bad.

And you're right, given the proper critical mass of women participants in the field (including both decisive and plain engineering roles) they would ultimately start changing the work environment to make it more bearable for themselves.
And in fact that change might not be very comfortable for existing workforce as tolerance for poor social skills (for better or worse) would definitely diminish.

Edited 2017-03-28 14:01 UTC

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