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[4]: Gender Barrier?
by WereCatf on Fri 30th Mar 2012 00:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 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, too, but I did read an interview about someone who worked on ENIAC and was a big shot there, and he said that literally one of the biggest reasons for hiring women was indeed their smaller hands.

I'd provide a link, but heck, I can't even remember if I read it online or in a magazine.

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RE[5]: Gender Barrier?
by Alfman on Fri 30th Mar 2012 01:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Gender Barrier?"
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Hmm, well I would have never suspected physical characteristics had anything to do with it, but I suppose it makes sense. But the differentiation based on physical characteristics hasn't carried over into modern computing, has it? So why the gap today?

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