We Can Teach Our Girls that Computer Science Doesn’t Have to be Nerdy

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I was a little surprised by the statistics in this particular infographic, Heroes. Had you asked me, I would have guessed that female participation in computer sciences was non-existent in the early days, and then rose slowly to today’s levels. Not so! See the graphic below for details.

Special note from Carolyn at WonderofTech: The infographic is incorrect about the world’s first programmable computer. That was actually the Colossus, used at Bletchley Park, England to help break the German Enigma code during World War II. The computer was kept a secret until after the Cold War was over as it continued being used by the UK to break codes used by the Soviet Union. Until the Colossus was revealed in the 1990′s most of the world believed that IBM created the world’s first programmable computer.

Closing The Gender Gap In Computer Science
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  • Carolyn November 6, 2013, 4:58 pm

    How sad that the percentage of female computer science majors actually has decreased. I certainly hope this trend gets reversed! But the future of women in tech businesses is very encouraging.

    The infographic is incorrect about the world’s first programmable computer. That was actually the Colossus, used at Bletchley Park, England to help break the German Enigma code during World War II. The computer was kept a secret until after the Cold War was over as it continued being used by the UK to break codes used by the Soviet Union. Until the Colossus was revealed in the 1990’s most of the world believed that IBM created the world’s first programmable computer.
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    • Amy LeForge November 11, 2013, 5:09 pm

      Thanks for the historical correction, Carolyn! I’ll put a note about it up on the post. :)

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