NY Times Reveals Startling Truth: Women Can Program Computers
Dave Aiello wrote, "An article published in the New York Times today reveals that women are developing algorithms and writing computer programs. This is obviously one of those articles that appears in the mainstream media from time to time, attempting to demonstrate the fact that:"
- the software development community is largely populated by men, but
- women are making inroads.
"I have several problems with this article. First, it states the obvious: women have been writing code for decades. I'm surprised J.D. Biersforfer didn't mention Grace Hopper or Ada the Countess of Lovelace. The article goes on to say that women stand out in the software development community for the mere fact that they are not men. No one I know in this business wants to be known primarily for their physical attributes-- they want to be known for the quality of their work."
"Imagine if an article like this appeared in the sports section, saying that white men are making a contribution to NBA teams, in spite of their unique status. People from all walks of life would be outraged."