What Happened in 1984?


Home Computers for Boys

Why did female enrollment in computer science nosedive in 1984?

NPR concluded in When Women Stopped Coding that the U-turn was the result of a cultural sea change that introduced unwelcoming geek stereotypes to a mass audience. "This idea that computers are for boys became a narrative... It helped define who geeks were, and it created techie culture."  Over thirty years later, that culture still is adversely affecting inclusiveness.