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Programming a brighter future for women in tech

Despite the constant lamenting of low female-to-male ratio in the tech industry, the poor representation of women in technical roles hasn’t always been the case. According to some NPR research, some of the world’s computing pioneers were women. And for a while, there were actually more women studying computer science than men.

But ever since personal computers arrived in American homes, that number began to plummet. This was thanks to the notion that computers were for boys -- so male students naturally had a leg up because they had the opportunity to learn programming languages in their spare time.

According to Girls Who Code, 74% of young girls in the US are interested in STEM fields and computer science but by the time they make a decision on their academic or professional careers, a shifts occurs. 

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