@thatcosmonaut For folks asking when 'literally all women used to be programmers' ... when I first started in 1980, over 2/3 of data center developers (working w/COBOL, OLTP, mainframes and such) were women, as were most all production control ops and supervisors. At one point in the mid-80's my boss was a woman, as was her boss, as was her boss, as was her boss. Very different representation now.
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The main reason is that computers emerged as a dominant force, leading to high-paying jobs in the industry. So women were pushed out. See:
>"Slowly but surely, as the prospects of the computer industry looked up, and the hard work done by women continued to be downplayed, American companies began hiring more men, stopped promoting women, and just like that, the unprecedented edge had by women over men shrunk into nonexistence. "
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