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From a logical point of view … — Crooked Timber
In the USA, women’s share of bachelor’s degrees granted in computer science more than doubled from 1970 to 1980, peaked at 37% in 1984/1985, and then fell back into the high teens by 2010.

The change is lightning-quick compared to human generations. This is like looking at a graph of American polio cases and concluding that selection pressure abruptly produced polio-proof offspring starting in the mid-1950s. It’s mutation and selection as explained by X-Men comics.
sexism  education  history 
15 hours ago by atbradley
From a logical point of view … — Crooked Timber
Of course this was Silicon Valley where everything was just invented, so something else missed is how moth-eaten this particular topic is. Back in the Early Paleolithic (that is, say the 60’s and 70’s) the fraction of women in computer science was high; then to quote from an article in 2000, “The proportions of Computer Science (CS) graduates who are women has been declining in the last fifteen years. ” Historically, most computers (the human kind) were female, and this carried over into the early computer era. Then it became prestigious and the men showed up.

And the article is “Underrepresentation of Girls and Women in Computer Science: Classification of 1990s Research”, with citations back into the 1980’s to papers about possible causes. The writer may have been a great programmer, but he sure didn’t do his homework.
history  computers  sexism 
15 hours ago by atbradley
I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.
by Cynthia Lee August 11, 2017
I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a woman in tech.
geekfeminism  gender  womenintech  Google  sexism 
yesterday by jflorablack
James Damore’s Google Memo Gets Science All Wrong | WIRED
the science in Damore’s memo is still very much in play, and his analysis of its implications is at best politically naive and at worst dangerous. The memo is a species of discourse peculiar to politically polarized times: cherry-picking scientific evidence to support a pre-existing point of view. It’s an exercise not in rational argument but in rhetorical point scoring. And a careful walk through the science proves it.
jamesdamore  googlememo  sexism  science  metascience  psychology  scienceculture  sciencecommunication 
yesterday by sampenrose
The e-mail Larry Page should have written to James Damore
This is pure genius: #GoogleMemo gets skewered @TheEconomist.
sexism  google 
yesterday by ryanpitts
James Damore’s Google Memo Gets Science All Wrong | WIRED
The problem is, the science in Damore’s memo is still very much in play, and his analysis of its implications is at best politically naive and at worst dangerous. The memo is a species of discourse peculiar to politically polarized times: cherry-picking scientific evidence to support a pre-existing point of view. It’s an exercise not in rational argument but in rhetorical point scoring. And a careful walk through the science proves it.
science  google  psychology  sexism  wired 
yesterday by cmananian

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