…Too often, in Silicon Valley as in other places, women are involved in significant events, but their stories go untold. They are the cofounders who are not named in press articles. They are the computer scientists who didn’t leave to start a company, but instead made important contributions in research labs. They’re the people we gloss over in our hurry to recount the life and times of Steve Jobs yet again. “Look, we know Silicon Valley has a gender issue and it’s bad,” Leslie Berlin, who is the project historian for the Silicon Valley archives for Stanford, told me. “But let’s not erase the women who helped make this valley.”
What happens when you tell the history of the birth of Silicon Valley a different way? It offers a map to a generation of young men and women looking for new leadership models.