The “we need more womyn in tech” propaganda machine is still working 24/7. Part of the money for it comes from business leaders wanting increased competition in the work force. Apparently it is not enough that salaries are stagnant. Engineering jobs are still relatively well-paid, but if you had more applicants, you could get away with offering lower salaries to the peons. This is the economic rationale behind this propaganda. As usual, though, feminists are happy to play the role of useful idiots, fully buying into the propaganda.
We are nowadays told that women used to be a majority of, for instance, computing professionals, and nowadays they are marginalized. Thus, this absolutely must be an example of discrimination. What those fucking morons don’t seem to get, though, is that the computing profession changed considerably since it inception. The kind of jobs women used to have have all been lost due to automation. Concretely, they were mostly working as punch-card operators. This was mechanical work that is no longer needed. A good analogy are typing pools, which were common before email became wide-spread. The modern middle manager writes his own emails. While we’re at it, let’s tear down the myth of Grace Hopper, allegedly the creator of the first compiler, as well: Yes, she wrote a compiler, but not the first one. Von Neumann had a grad student who wrote a compiler, only to be scolded. The problem was that back then machine time was infinitely more expensive than putting a bunch of human operators in a room to do mechanical transformations. I have one more: Ada Lovelace, the “first programmer” was a complete hack who didn’t grasp what Babbage’s Analytical Engine was doing, as becomes clear if you bother to read her work. The history of computing is about as female as the history of the Ivy League rub.
Not only are there many misconceptions about the contributions of women to computing. They are also rather miniscule. Today’s feminists unfortunately don’t seem to understand what engineering work entails. Even though you sit in an office or cubicle and get to stare into a screen (kinda like using Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, eh?), it is not what most people would consider easy work. In fact, most people would consider it highly unpleasant work. While in many fields you can bullshit all day long, and even make it all the way up the food chain — look no further than politics or most of academia — in technical disciplines, there is a clear right or wrong.
The laws of nature don’t give a fuck about affirmative action or the underrepresentation of womyn, and neither do the laws of logic. Sure, you can get into more fashion-driven fields of software engineering like web design or any kind of front-end development and argue about “taste” or “fashion”, but that’s not really engineering. You may even end up working in a field where a mistake may mean that a plant or rocket blows up (this has happened before), and people die as a direct consequence of your mistakes. In less mission-critial fields your mistakes may lose the company money. Now compare this to working in a field where money seemingly comes out of nowhere and you can do whatever you want. Angela Merkel is still working hard on wrecking all of Europe, but she still has her job. As a low-level techie you’ll probably get fired if you cause your employer to lose 10,000 Euros, which is chump change compared to the damage public administrators can cause. If you attempt to crash land a company, like Carly Fiorina at HP, you’ll be ousted. Marissa Mayer is still holding on, but she’s on her way out at Yahoo, too. On the other hand, as a hack working at an NGO or for the government, you can always point to someone or something else to blame. In any kind of engineering discipline this doesn’t work so well. If feminists were more aware of this, they would probably not push so hard to get more women into that field.