‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology – NYTimes.com

Posted: October 3, 2014 in opera

‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology – NYTimes.com.

The exclusion of these women has not only reinforced stereotypes about women and technology, but has arguably had a self-fulfilling effect. In 1985,37 percent of computer science undergraduate degrees were earned by women. By 2010, that number had fallen by half to 18 percent. Now just 0.4 percent of all female college freshmen say they plan to major in computer science.

This is sadly visible at major tech companies. At Google, men make up 83 percent of engineering employees. Of Google’s 36 top-ranking executives and managers, only three are women. At Apple, male tech employeesaccount for 80 percent of the work force. And at Facebook, 85 percent of the company’s tech workers are men.

“Stereotypes are very reinforcing because as human beings we expect what is familiar,” said Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of “Lean In,” in an interview. “In tech, girls don’t code because girls don’t code.”

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