tfw you remember that literally all programmers used to be women until men realized that it was actual intellectual work and ran them out of the field so that 17 year old shitheads could make posts on reddit about how man brains are genetically wired for programming


@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.

@landybham @thatcosmonaut My mother taught computer science at the local college in the early 80s.

@landybham @jaycie @thatcosmonaut the tipping point seems to have been the mid-80's, when personal computers debuted, and were marketed solely to men.

(Some parts of the world never experienced this.)

@nev @landybham @jaycie @thatcosmonaut
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. "

@landybham @_cr0_tab @thatcosmonaut I was told all computers used to be women before machines took over the profession.

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