In 1965, the Library of Congress got its first computer—so big that it had to be delivered one piece at a time. Back then, it most likely would have been women helping input data into a machine-readable format.
That’s because, in the ’60s and ’70s, many believed that women were on track to outnumber men in tech. In fact, the number of women studying data processing was growing faster than the number of men.
Today, that’s not the case. More than 50 years after that first computer was delivered, women make up less than 25 percent of the tech workforce and less than 20 percent of college students studying computer science. According to a new report from Girls Who Code, the recent wave of state legislation (33 states