Technical Priviledge

This was a thought-provoking article by an Asian male programmer about disparities in his experience learning programming, and those around him: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/01/programmer_privilege_as_an_asian_male_computer_science_major_everyone_gave.html

I sometimes wonder if I somehow missed this micro-inequity or if I never noticed it. I can’t think of many discouraging words I had to shrug off in my career.

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  1. Natalie
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 19:52:59

    Yep, that is what I lived at WPI. “You must have gotten in because you are a girl. You will have a hard time in this class. Maybe civil engineering would be a little easier. You’re just too pretty to be an engineer.” I hope things have improved since I was an undergrad, back when the electrical engineering department was 90% male. Luckily, I did start coding as a grade schooler and I was tough as nails, so I did just fine.

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