Writer learns to code for a year and has a different outlook on technology in our world. Interesting thought, if you are concerned about the over reach of technology you need to learn more about it, not less.
It's important that we let girls know that STEM careers are for them. When I was a child father used to take me to Radio Shack with him and let me program his very expensive calculator (now they cost under $80). He also let me work on the car with him and take all kinds of things apart. Nothing was ever called a boy thing. I appreciate that every day.
I remember being one of the few women in Comp Sci classes in the '80's. We keep taking about it but little has changed. This article doesn't offer many answers but where do we begin? It is amazing that a professor/teacher is not being called out treating women they way they do in the classroom.
An interesting article about the need for teachers who actually code to help students beyond the basics, especially when helping students who are overcoming stereotypes that programming is not for them. I liked the quote that we don't have the student read math textbooks on their own and join math camps to learn math.