This article from O'Reilly's Women in Technology series looks
as a female friendly programming language. "Studies
have shown that women tend to have low self-efficacy, to underrate their
ability with computers, and even to view CS as more difficult than surgery!
To combat this, we need to incorporate programming earlier and more
extensively in middle school and high school curricula, using a language
such as Python. Most programming languages require a great amount of
abstract or technical detail and knowledge to do even the simplest
tasks. Python strips away the cruft and allows you to program the way you
think. A task you could assign a second grader, such as "print 'hello
world'," is just as simple as it sounds when you use Python.
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