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GitLab can proclaim diversity all it likes, but it seems to have a real problem keeping women on staff or in management

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Re: Katrinab

"Women weren't drafted into the army during the war. Men were. Terrible example.

There's a reason why so many historical photos show factories stuffed with women manufacturing bombs and planes. The male workforce was decimated as nearly every fighting-age man was required (and even some that were under 18 years old)."

Thanks. You've provided a nice example of the erasing and downplaying of women's role in the history of computing. Even Wikipedia doesn't support your argument. The women at Bletchly Park were recruited on *merit*, and that was *only* recognised during the war for the reason you stated. That's what it took for men to consider employing women for anything other than clerical work.

This was a time of systematic priotizing of men over women in STEM and work, amoung many other areas in society. This was a pivotal moment in the history of women's rights in work.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_(job_description)

"Women were increasingly involved in computing after 1865.[12] Private companies hired them for computing and to manage office staffs."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Bletchley_Park#Recruitment_of_women

"Six out of ten women working in Bletchley Park were serving in the British Armed Forces."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures_(book)

It was even worse for black women. They were doubly discriminated against.

https://www.striking-women.org/module/women-and-work/world-war-ii-1939-1945

https://www.history.com/news/how-world-war-ii-empowered-women

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