Where have all the women in technology gone?

When I first started as a trainee programmer in the December 1979, I was a bit of an oddity because I worked in the mysterious world of ‘computing’. I don’t think we used expressions like, ‘technology’, ‘information services’, ‘telecoms’ – it was just all ‘computing’. At that time, there was a even split between men and women and we were all pretty young. My first boss was only 26, and we were finding our way in a world where we had to code on massive machines with only 1 meg of memory. It was pretty exciting times, and a lot of the time we were flying by the seat of our pants.

I am a member of several tech groups on facebook – some of them are excellent. One of the groups is Tech Ladies – and there is loads of interesting stuff from all over the world. There is a recurring theme – where are all the women? I struck up a dialogue with a young Danish developer who has come up against male colleagues that believe women can only do the pretty stuff! I thought Denmark, as a Scandanavian company would be very open to equal opportunities for all and have a lack of bias – but clearly not. In her team, out of 53 developers only two are female!

I have written articles on women in technology and at Company Connecting we feature both men and women in our articles. I am curious to hear from others.

Why was there a much higher percentage of women in ‘computing’ in the early days?

What stops women entering into IT?

Does this differ from nation to nation?

Follow the links below for some of the women in tech articles.

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