This I had not known:
In 1987, 42% of the software developers in America were women. And 34% of the systems analysts in America were women. Women had started to flock to computer science in the mid-1960s, during the early days of computing, when men were already dominating other technical professions but had yet to dominate the world of computing. For about two decades, the percentages of women who earned Computer Science degrees rose steadily, peaking at 37% in 1984.
The photos at the link are striking. You can read about the Cosmo article from 1967: “According to none other than Grace Hopper, programming is just like “planning a dinner.””
Now, once again, female interest in computer science appears to be rising.
For the pointer I thank Chris F. Masse.