Bringing women back to computer science: UW in national spotlight over efforts
Women's role in the computer revolution is often glazed over. There's Ada Lovelace, the mathematician sometimes called the "world's first computer programmer", who sketched out the possibilities of computers way back in the 1800s. In 1945, one of the world's first electronic general-purpose computers was built, with six female mathematicians creating its programs. By the early '80s, personal digital computers were taking off, and computer science was a major in universities. The number of women earning bachelor's degrees in computing hovered around 40 percent.
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