The lasting legacy of the "rocket girls" of JPL

filthy light thief, Metafilter, Jun 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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The next time someone tries to tell you girls and women aren't naturally good at math or computing, show them this. "California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been central to the US missile and rocket development and operations for decades, and from the beginning that technology's success rested on a corps of expert mathematicians, people known as computers. And from the beginning they were all women..." And it should remind you that the prevalence of boys and men in math and computing is a recent thing, brought to us by the advertising and gaming industry, and as artificial as any of their messages. More.

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