“Computer science wasn’t always dominated by men. “In the beginning, the word ‘computers’ meant ‘women,’ ” says Ruth Oldenziel…Six women programmed one of the most famous computers in history — the 30-ton Eniac — for the United States Army during World War II.

“But as with many professions, Dr. Oldenziel said, once programming gained prestige, women were pushed out.

“Sexism exists in many places, but start-up companies have particular qualities that can allow problems to go unchecked….But a result can be an anything-goes atmosphere..

““If there is no structure, that’s actually more harmful to marginalized people,” Ms. Horvath said in an interview while she still worked at GitHub. “It’s just unprofessional. Tech needs to grow up in a lot of ways.”

“…a commenter calling himself White_N_Nerdy wrote on Reddit, “I’m honestly trying to understand why anyone says that females are ‘needed’ in the tech industry.” He continued: “The tech community works fine without females, just like any other mostly male industry. Feminists probably just want women making more money.””

Every time I read comments like that, I get really angry. I don’t understand why feminism has a bad rap; my understanding of feminism is that it’s fighting for gender equality. In light of comments like that, can you really blame feminists for being angry that men out there feel completely justified in defending their sexist point of view?

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/technology/technologys-man-problem.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=TE_TMP_20140407&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=1

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