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‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology
“It’s no secret that people are often erased from the history of big-tech companies. It’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley that it is known as “The Creation Myth.” But what may come as a surprise is the number of women who played a pivotal role but who are now forgotten.”
“Ada Lovelace defined the digital age…Yet she, along with all these other women, was ignored or forgotten.”
"But Ms. Lovelace is only the first of many women excluded from the annals of computing history."
“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 employees account for 80 percent of the work force.
And at Facebook, 85 percent of the company’s tech workers are men.”