This blog post has been in the corners of my mind and nipping at my ankles for a while.
Please don't linkbait this, or pick comment fights. This isn't for upvotes, or HN fame.
Many people I meet ask me a varient on this question "I understand we want more women in technology, but why?" It's a great question, and not at all something we should be offended by. Often men are afraid to ask questions like this for fear there will be backlash, I think that fear can lead to stiffling of an important conversation.
Frankly, the internet is thriving without women building it, why should that change?
I put together the following answer for a Quora thread, I thought it would be also advantageous to put it here, so I (and maybe you) can reference it in the future.
I think the reason why we need more women building technology is threefold, I will outline below.
I hope this has been educational for you, if this is something that you have debated. If you have any thoughts please share.