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Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks

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Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   8/13/2014 6:08:18 PM
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I don't think the scene is as bleak as you might think regarding female interest...out of curiosity I went to the code school and clicked on the link for applying and got this

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a2   8/7/2014 2:51:03 AM
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@Cabe: Well they get the best out of the best. So I think its not bad at all in any way for USA. 

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Cabe Atwell   8/6/2014 6:39:52 PM
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Chuck,

I think it's a cultural thing. Out of all the neices I have, zero are in the science or math path. 

What are they doing? Art, music, sports. Entertainment, in other words. The easier ones. 

But, now that I think about it... is that bad? If all the jobs are shipped outside the USA, then we need to entertain the world. So, perhaps this is what the USA does best?

C

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Cabe Atwell   8/6/2014 6:32:42 PM
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ttemple,

I post a lot of articles about these types of initiatives to perhaps inspire someone out there. I have a few colleagues that started mentoring and teaching STEM. I think they were inspired by the overwhelming surge of efforts in this area.

You know, giving those what we all needed earlier in life... a little push in the right direction.

C

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Charles Murray   8/1/2014 4:43:01 PM
Kudos to Google for trying, but truthfully I don't think anyone knows how to change this situation. In 1988, one of our editors (Gail Robinson, who was an EE), wrote a ten-page magazine piece outlining all the initiatives that were being undertaken to encourage more young women to major in computer science and engineering. Back then, the percentage of women was about 10-12%. Today, it's not much different. If someone has a way of changing this, I'd sure like to hear it.

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ttemple   8/1/2014 4:19:32 PM
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Many articles go with few or no comments.  Many times the writer of the article comments when nobody else does - or maybe just before anybody else does. (which I find a little weird)  Certain lightening rod subjects seem to go crazy, but some subjects fly right under the radar.

This general subject seems to come up a lot here, maybe it is a little stale.

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CLMcDade   8/1/2014 2:02:08 PM
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Maybe I'm being sensitive, but doesn't it seem that this article has  fewer comments than most of the Design News articles?

Just something that stands out a bit...

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Ann R. Thryft   8/1/2014 1:26:27 PM
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Clint, you're welcome. It's an issue close to my heart. Not only did I work for one of the earliest--Elizabeth Rather was the second Forth programmer in the 70s long before I knew her--I also had two close female programmer friends in the late 70s. And you're right, apparently the role of women in early programming isn't commonly known.



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CLMcDade   8/1/2014 9:57:24 AM
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Ann,

Thanks for mentioning the historic and pivotal role of women in the earliest days of computers. Note that I didn't write "Thanks for reminding everyone" - most people don't have any idea of women's roles in the beginning of the computer revolution.  This is one of those unfortunate "oversights" missed in what have proven to be one-sided and inaccurate history lessons taught in our U.S. schools.

Hopefully your comments will at the very least inspire the readers of Design News to look up Rear Admiral "Amazing Grace" Hopper and learn more about her.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/31/2014 11:28:45 AM
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Cabe, thanks for bringing us up to date on what Google is trying to do for women developers.
The rise of women in IT in more recent decades is something of a return--the first programmers were primarily women, not men. One of the most famous was computer scientist Grace Hopper, and one of the earliest was Elizabeth Rather, whom I worked for at FORTH Inc. when she was its president. The more recent phenomenon is the rise of women at higher levels of tech companies. The Anita Borg Institute and Women in Technology are two groups with info on this topic, and were formed with the aim of helping to increase those numbers.



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