By now, everyone is well aware of Silicon Valley’s piss-poor record on women: At last count, just 10 to 12 percent of all STEM workers are female — and that’s to say nothing of tech’s harassment-heavy reputation.
A new video produced by The Atlantic explains how exactly we got here, beginning with women’s pioneering contributions to software and weapons development during WWII, through the ascension of Jobs and Gates in the booming 1980s, and up to the present, where female programmers are rejected from big tech firms for not being “culture fits.” (Read: having vaginas).
It’s an overview that is equal parts impressive and depressing, to say the least. But as the congenial voiceover points out, no matter what the stats say, “programming is not male or female.”
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