this is a picture of Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas in front of the ENIAC computer.
alongside a team of four other women, they invented such minor programming concepts as "subroutines" and "recursive nesting"
(LAYPERSON'S NOTE: this is sarcasm. these techniques are fundamental to programming.)
@shmibs @thatcosmonaut Giving students a context and history into why and how concepts were invented engages some that would otherwise feel alienated and can make it easier to remember why and how things work.
Sources: I teach programming in an arts department.
....But, this ignorance of the history of a field founded by women and now dominated by men IS NOT A COINCIDENCE OR WEIRD QUIRK OF HOW TO LEARN. This is how society works to enforce power relationships. It's naturalised and invisible.
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