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The decline in female computer programmers is even more dramatic than Peter Kaye (Letters, 11 August) suggests. He says that in 1967 half of the programmers were female. That is nothing. In 1843 100% of programmers were female. Her name was Ada, Countess of Lovelace, and she had the prescient genius to explain how a computer might be programmed before one had even been built.
Brian Simpson
London

• It seems I cannot open the Guardian these days without seeing an article about Jacob Rees-Mogg. Tuesday’s edition (15 August) has three. Why do you give space to these antediluvian, rightwing, intolerant and bigoted men and let their egos grow even larger? Their views must be anathema to most Guardian readers. Please send them back to the Daily Telegraph where they belong.
Gillian Gadsby
London

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