(Original post by Beckit)
This is nonsense. Firstly, there are male midwives. Secondly, there are plenty of women interested in computer science. One of my female friends teaches the subject and is on the bleeding edge of research with it. I am self taught in the subject, and I know loads of women with an interest and at least basic skills in it. Girls have been discouraged from using computers in more than a superficial way for a long time, So it's less a case of "not enough encoragment" and more about active discoragment. If you don't believe me look at how girls are treated in online games and some technical forums.
I own a few websites with one in particular being a very successful one.
I built the sites, I run them on a day to day basis, make all the decisions etc and have done for the last 12 years. However, the subject matter of the most popular site is of a male dominated sport.
I get on a daily basis people (all male) refusing to deal with me and wanting to speak to my boss as they can't quite get their head around the fact that a female is behind it all, they truly believe I am the boss only in name and that a man is behind the scenes doing all the site stuff.
I've been called all sorts of derogatory things over the last 12 years. If I ban someone, it must be because I am hormonal. If I pull them up over bad language, it's because I am sensitive yet my male team members don't receive those sorts of comments if they do the same.
The most surprising thing is the age group of those who find it difficult to accept it is owned and run by a woman. I thought I would have more resistance from the older male group (50+) as it is more in line with the way the world worked when they were growing up but it's actually the younger ones, the 15-25 age group.
Re school, we were pushed into needlework (hated, hated, hated it) and cookery and the boys did metalwork and woodwork...girls were not allowed. We celebrated when they finally allowed us to do technical drawing but it would take another few years (and after I left) before girls were allowed to do metal/wood work. We were all treated the same for computing, physics, chemistry and biology and we had an even number of males and females doing those courses.