[Haskell-cafe] Are there any female Haskellers?

Alberto G. Corona agocorona at gmail.com
Sat Mar 27 15:00:16 EDT 2010

To say this in scientific headline jargon, It´s a matter of division of
work, time, and dimorphic fixation of abilities in the brain by natural
selection trough dimorphic development of the brain of men and women by
different genetic sequences. I don´t know any kind of tool more flexible and
powerful than a computer language. Men are good at making tools and using
them. They invested more in engineering because this activity were more
critical for their success than in the case of women. Sociological or
cultural explanations don´t explain the universal tendencies and habilities
across cultures and time.

 The reasons for the sexual differences in mathematical abilities are
different, because math abilities  are not a -primary- reason for survival.
 Tools engineering and mastering is. If this is politically incorrect I beg
you pardon, but this is my honest theory about that. My other hobby is
evolution and evolutionary psichology.  I really recommend to learn about

Hope that this cold answer don't end this funny thread ;(

Best wishes
2010/3/27 Jason Dagit <dagit at codersbase.com>

> On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM, Daniel Fischer <daniel.is.fischer at web.de>wrote:
>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>> Von: "Günther Schmidt" <gue.schmidt at web.de>
>> Gesendet: 27.03.2010 16:14:57
>> An: haskell-cafe at haskell.org
>> Betreff: [Haskell-cafe] Are there any female Haskellers?
>> >Hi all,
>> >
>> >from the names of people on the list it seems that all users here are
>> males.
>> >
>> >Just out of curiosity are there any female users here, or are we guys
>> >only at the moment?
>> >
>> >Günther
>> >
>> I'm pretty sure that Phil(l?)ip(p?)a Cowderoy is female, I've also seen a
>> couple of other female names here and on the beginners list.
>> (Since Ashley Yakeley seems to be located in the USA, I dare not guess
>> whether Ashley is a man's name or a woman's in this case.)
> Ashley Yakeley is a man.
> I work with several female Haskellers.  And I've met several others who are
> at universities or use Haskell on the side.
> In general, I'd say women in computer science are a minority.  I would say
> mathematics has a higher percentage of women than computer science from my
> own anecdotal experience.  Why are there so few women in computer science?
>  I don't know but it's an interesting question.  One professor I was talking
> to about this subject said he felt that at his university when CS was a part
> of math there were more women and when it became part of engineering the
> percentage of women dropped.
> It's possible that there are gender differences that cause men to be
> attracted to this field more frequently than women.  I'm hesitant to say
> that's the underlying reason though.  I suspect the following, based on
> conversations I've had with women in the field.  For some reason it started
> out as a male dominated field.  Let's assume for cultural reasons.  Once it
> became a male dominated field, us males unknowingly made the work and
> learning environments somewhat hostile or unattractive to women.  I bet I
> would feel out of place if I were the only male in a class of 100 women.
> Anyway, those are just observations I've made.  Don't take any of it too
> seriously and I certainly don't mean to offend anyone.  I know gender
> differences can be quite controversial at times.
> Jason
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