Sure Banabreath, let me make my points very clear, and you can tell me specifically where you disagree. If it is interesting, then we can discuss this further. a discussion where you keep insisting that hardcore engineers and scientists are no longer significant isn't interesting to me.
Here are the facts that I know to be true because I work in a hard core engineering job, and I have been in this field for decades.
1) There is a class of job that relies heavily on abstract analysis and advanced mathematics that has no need for visual design. Compiler Design is one example of such a job (which we are discussing because you mentioned as an example of a job that no longer exists). My job is another example. There are speech scientists, and backend engineers, and big data experts (who code in Hadoop), and software search designers.... this is actually a very big list.
2) The people in this class of job are well-paid and we like our work. There is also a demand for hardcore software engineers. If you look on job search sites we are being recruited pretty heavily by companies like Google and Amazon and thousands of others. (I find it amusing that you don't think that there are people at Google who focus on hardcore engineering with no visual elements).
3) Women are greatly underrepresented in these jobs. In every company that I have worked for, about 5% of the engineering workforce has been women. I have worked for a company with no women in the engineering staff.
Now please tell me what are we arguing about.
- If you are arguing that hard-core engineers no longer exist, or that the world no longer needs them... that is a ridiculous argument that's not worth having. We can argue about the numbers, but who cares? We exist, and there is a large number of jobs for us.
- If you are arguing that we don't need to care about how many women there are in this field because women now have "better" more visually centered careers available.... that might be an interesting argument, I don't know. I do know that in our field we do introspection and as an industry we are talking about how to attract and keep more women doing hardcore engineering.
So tell me, are you going to keep telling me that careers in hard science and engineering don't exist (when many of us have built just such careers and are thriving)?
Or can you better articulate an argument about why women shouldn't be in these careers that many of us find so profitable?
There is an interesting discussion in hard science and engineering about why women aren't finding these careers attractive. You seem to be skirting any discussion about the important issues in this area.