I take a big issue with your presentation of programming in the sixties and seventies as …
Irene Michlin

I believe you have misread my intentions and I think we actually agree about women’s contributions in the history of programming and tech development. I absolutely acknowledge that women have worked in tech for as long as men have, and they have made great contributions, but their presence has been scrubbed and diminished, as it has been in other male-dominated careers throughout history.

I think women who want to work in technical and STEM fields should absolutely pursue that career path, but we can’t just put a giant lighted arrow pointing toward STEM education as the definitive “solution” for improving women’s financial equality and recognition in work, then sit back and wait for everything to change for the better. It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work now.

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