Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, stopped by the Charlie Rose show recently and revealed a starting fact
: Although four women worked on the Macintosh team in the 1980s, not a single one was cast in the 2013 biopic Jobs with Ashton Kutcher. Even worse, all seven men who worked on the project had speaking roles in the film.
software team, photographed for Rolling Stone in January 1984
Thankfully, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic with Michael Fassbender has more female roles, but Smith’s complaints are still valid. They tie into a post I made yesterday about the Apollo Project’s unsung hero, software engineer Margaret Hamilton. It’s not just that women have a harder time breaking into STEM fields, it’s that the many contributions they do make aren’t celebrated. “It's debilitating to our young women to have their history almost erased,” Smith explains.
You can watch the full interview here.
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