Women are horribly underrepresented in the world of tech with only about 18% of computer science grads being women. It wasn’t always like this, in fact back in the early 80’s the number was more than double, despite women being pioneers in the computer programming world. However none have the notoriety of some of the men in the industry. Here are 5 female programmers who blazed a trail in technology that deserve some credit.
Jean Jennings Bartik
Jean was the last of a group of female mathematicians responsible for programming ENIAC, the first digital computer used in WWII. This machine was a milestone for modern computing. Back when it was being developed the hardware was considered the important part and programming, not so much. The women who wrote the code for the machine weren’t even deemed important enough to be introduced when the computer was unveiled.
Grace is often referred to as Grandma COBOL, she was a Rear Admiral in the navy and she changed how computers would communicate with one another. Computers language consisted of binary code, strings of ones and zeros, and it is too difficult for programmers to read. She wanted a computer language that was closer to English. That led to the development of COBOL. Today more than 53% of businesses are still using COBOL to build applications. She is also responsible for the term “bug” to describe errors in code. Check her out on Dave Letterman.
Marissa is probably the most famous women in IT, she became the CEO of tech giant Yahoo at only 36 years old. Prior to that she got her education at Stanford and joined Google in 1999 as the first female engineer. Back then Google only had a handful of employees but Marissa was responsible for some of Google’s most popular products including Google Earth, Gmail, Google Maps and Google News. Can you imagine Google without any of these products today? Marissa is a symbol of what women can do in the IT sector.
These women were instrumental in blazing a trail in the IT industry. Not only were their accomplishments pretty incredible most will be overlooked in the history books. The role of women in IT needs to change, not only do we need a bigger presence in this industry we need to give the women who are already there the recognition that they deserve. This is how you encourage the next generation of women to pursue a career in technology.
There is a major gap between in the ratio between boys and girls in the technology sector. Most women do not feel safe venturing in technology based careers. Here are reasons why more women should be encouraged to go into programming
Most women do not feel comfortable in this careers. Women are not encouraged to join similar careers like men this has become a problem that affects the growth our countries. Encouraging little girls to pursue a career in information technology will help light a spark in the number of engineers and coders in the coming years. The stigmatization that is associated with this issue has to stop.
They are needed
More women are needed in these sectors, technology is growing at an incredible rate. If you want to work in windows VPS servers, you can! We need women to take part in this growing sector to make sure they are represented in the future. In the early days of computing there were more female programmers than there are today. Today women are vastly underrepresented in the IT sectors.
For our kids
Women should be encouraged to go into programing to encourage little girls to pursue the same careers. Female mentors in the field are a hope for discouraged little girls. They simply need someone to tell them it Is okay. There is no difference between a boy and a girl in the technology field. Little girls need to know that this has been done and it will always be a normal thing for girls to do tech related courses
What a man can do a woman can do better. You have to know the power of your mind and know that life will always be difficult and when life throws you lemon you should make lemonade. As a woman you can do better than a man. Keep in mind all those things you are told you can’t do just because you are a woman. If you can do better than a man then the ratio of men to women in programing should be balanced or even higher with women leading.
It is safe to say that we’ve abandoned some careers and it’s about time that we get out of our comfort zone and embrace new careers in technology since the numbers don’t lie. The annual salary for programmers is 85,000 dollars to 100,000 dollars. Encourage each other by holding hands and venturing into high end careers because together we can make it.
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