A Stubbornly Persistent Myth

diversity in the workplace

After reading the anti-diversity “manifesto” by James Damore, I wanted to share my views, particularly about women in computer science and tech in general.

For over forty years, I have had the privilege to work with many great people in the tech sector, many of whom just happen to be women. In my view that—while there is an unfortunate gross asymmetry in the numbers of men and women in tech—in my experience, women are no better or worse than men. The stubbornly persistent myth that women aren’t cut out for it, along with really bad male behavior in the workplace, is an inhibitor to there being more women studying computer science. And, it’s a serious impediment to there being more women in the tech workplace.

BTW, the first true programmer was a woman—Lady Ada Lovelace. The woman who created COBOL (still used, BTW), was computer pioneer Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper. Further, let’s not forget Mathematician Mary Jackson, as portrayed in the book and movie “Hidden Figures,” who virtually created programming at NASA. The list is long.