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The realization that the world needs more women in tech
A few years ago, I observed my daughter become interested in technology and coding. I bought her a , and she started learning Python. She also signed up for some Java development classes at DigiPen. She naturally gravitated toward programming because she wanted to work in a creative and technical field that could stimulate her creative and analytical mind. Accidentally, that is exactly what originally brought me to the world of computer science.
Over the years, she slowly lost interest for many reasons. Some of them had to do with gender bias. First, she noticed how 90% of her peers in the Java class were males. She started associating “programmers” with “men”, Furthermore, she found the topic of coding hard to discuss and somewhat stigmatized by her female friends. ...