Salomé Bakpa’s “Where did all the women go? The history of women in technology” featured in We Are The City
Global Content Marketing Manager Salomé Bakpa delves into the history of women in technology in “Where did all the women go? The history of women in technology,” recently published in We Are The City. It might surprise you that women once dominated the industry and pioneered some of the crucial elements behind technology we rely on every day.
Salomé discusses the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace; the impact of WWII on programming and gender equality; Heddy LaMarr’s patented precursor to WiFi; why women’s presence in the tehcnology sector declined after the 60s; and the state of women in tech today.
“Despite all the pioneering work and accolades, women still only make up a quarter of the global tech industry…a whole other article would be needed to list how this gender imbalance could be readdressed. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that women are persistent and despite naysayers, setbacks and barriers, female talent has often found a way to shine through. If progress prevails there’s no reason why the 21st century couldn’t be the era where women reclaim their place as an industry force,” argues Salomé.