Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Gender and Computing

On 29 February 1968, New Scientist Magazine reported:

SO FAR as grey matter is concerned, both males and females start out with equal chances. When the educationalists apply their IQ tests, no distinct difference between the sexes emerges. A look at any class in a mixed grammar school makes this obvious. All have passed their 11-plus, and are therefore supposed to be in the upper intelligence bracket. Half the class will be male; half female. Were it overloaded with males, there might be some justification for industry to operate a system of male supremacy. An individual with Applied Systems and Personnel told me "girls sometimes make better programmers than boys because they have more patience and are more meticulous. An intelligent girl who has the patience to do embroidery has just the right mentality to do the job".

Wow.

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