Women make up 47 per cent of today’s tech workforce. If you compare that with the numbers from 2016, when women made up just 25 per cent of all technical roles, you would likely assume that women have finally broken through the silicon ceiling and are on their way to total equity in the workforce. But, it’s not that simple.
Up until 1985, women made up 50 per cent of all computer programmers. But then, something changed. What led to women’s steep decline in tech representation in 1985? And, 35 years later, how can we ensure better gender equity in the field so the world can benefit from innovations developed from diverse perspectives?
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of history’s most influential women in computer science, then offer technical coding and community-based resources to foster lifelong learning opportunities for girls and women at every age and stage of their lives and careers.