Did you know the person who wrote the world’s first machine algorithm — hence the first ever programmer — was female?
And did you know that the ENIAC programmers (considered to be the first computer) — hence the first ever computer scientists — were all female too?
Outrageously, for over 50 years these six incredible scientists were mistaken for “Refrigerator Ladies”- pretty faces who posed for photographs with the machines (in fact, the only thing they got right there was that the first computers do look an awful lot like the back of a gigantic refrigerator).
At the birth of the tech industry a high proportion of women held these important roles. Yet today in the UK- where women make up 51% of the population- only 17% of employees in the tech sector are female.
Many studies show that teams with strong gender and race diversity achieve better results and perform better financially. So why is that we’re still struggling with this balance?
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