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5 reasons why women rock at coding

5 reasons why women rock at coding

Sadly, there are still people who think that coding is a ‘man’s job. It’s true that the number of women in the computer science world is still very low when compared to other careers. However, it is a fact that, when women actually choose to become coders, they excel at this career path. Why is that?

 

1. They show other women that it can be done

How amazing is it to be self-sufficient and use one’s own skills to build a website or programme a game rather than pay someone else to do it? Women are changing the stereotype that men can do technical tasks better than women can when, in reality, it is quite often the opposite.

 

2. They are trailblazers

Did you know that Joan Clarke worked with Alan Turing on the project aimed to break the German Enigma code during World War Two. Her team also developed the earliest computers. Or that Margaret Hamilton was director of the Apollo Guide Computer project? All of the programs for the Apollo 11 mission were written from scratch because nobody had ever created such software. Thanks to Hamilton, the first moon landing became possible.

 

3. They can inspire the next generation of women coders

Of course coding parents of both genders can do this. But how inspiring is it for a girl to watch her mum code and have first-hand experience that coding isn’t only for males?

 

4. They can be better programmers

According to studies, women are better programmers than men, and their code, gets accepted more often… but only when they are not identified as women.

 

5. Coding comes naturally to many women

Dr Grace Hopper (who developed the first programming language that used words instead of just numbers — Common Business Oriented Language - COBOL). said that programming is a natural thing for women. She compared it to planning a dinner, where you should plan everything in advance and schedule different actions in order to obtain satisfactory results (please note that this was in the 60s where many if not most women were stay-at-home wives and mothers).

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: May 28, 2020

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