Girls and coding

women in codingThis article , When women stopped coding , on npr with a podcast and  this graphic is well worth the read. It explains that women used to be coders until around 1984 when personal computing emerged. Certainly fits in with my history and it all makes sense to me now. I was coding for BBC computers so my students had tasks to do in the computer room. Gradually the world moved onto Visual Basic and other codes and gaming became the most popular thing. Support for and access to A Basic and Q basic were withdrawn and coding became something different. I went back into coding in the 90s to do web page construction and learnt HTML. Now I am looking forward to keeping up my Python 2 coding. I broke away form coding because it was too hard , at that time, to be a teacher and a mother. Priorities. It is important to let girls feel comfortable with coding and we do need to redescribe the image. Women were also comptometrists and that was a highly skilled tech job. The world has changed and we have changed with it. We need to balance the picture so everyone gets a chance to contribute to the development of technology.

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