Girls Who Write Code

Dori Owen writes about the journey from a professor who saw no point in using the female pronoun in addition to the male one, or both, to Girls Who Write Code.

Open Thought Vortex

By Dori Owen

“Many times, when children enter school they shun mathematics and science during the years when they should be learning the basics.”

―Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

The first time I noticed that there was a significant difference between boys and girls in education was when I was in college. I had managed to overcome the mathematics obstacle and was enrolled in a major heavily weighted in the subject. It happened in a logistics management class and I remember it as if it was yesterday; I began to notice in the textbook studies at the end of chapters that the business president, CEO, warehouse manager–any position of power in the study example–was always referred to with the pronoun HE. After a few chapters, my attention became heightened to this consistent…

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