Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of ' A Woman Programmer '

1510 Words Sep 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Rhetorical Analysis: How to be a “Woman Programmer” The computer programmer, Ellen Ullman writes about her experience as a woman in a dominantly male profession in her essay, How to be a “Woman Programmer” that was published in the op-ed column in the New York Times in 2013. Ullman is the author of the novels By Blood (2013) and The Bug (2003). She has also published a memoir entitled, Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents (2001). In this memoir, she recounts her experiences in the 1980’s as one of the first female computer programmers. Ullman has worked as a technology commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as written for Harper’s, Wired, and Salon. Her honest, direct recounts of her experiences make her essay’s more appealing and understandable to her audience as well as offering a safe environment to think about anti-woman prejudice in the workplace. Ullman opens her essay by giving her readers an accurate account of who she is and what her skills are and how the two differ. Ullman says, “Let me separate the two words and being with what it means to be a programmer” (726). This is an astute way to start this essay because it instantly created ethos with the audience as well as creating the exigence of the essay. Being able to distinguish herself as a decent programmer who also happened to be a woman gives the reader the sense that Ullman knows what she is talking about as well as the goal she is trying to achieve in writing this article.…

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