Book: Computing Herstory – the role of women in computing history #Books #History @computermuseum

Browsing the catalog of items available from the UK Centre for Computing History, my gaze focused away from retro computer mugs and the like and settled on a rather interesting book: Computing Herstory. From the site:

Much attention is currently being paid to issues of gender inequality in computing and tech industries. Interestingly, young girls perform better than their male counterparts at GCSE yet still seem to be less attracted to tech subjects.

At CCH, we wonder if the lack of a clear history of the contributions made by women has led to a perception that computing, and technology in general, are the preserve of men and boys?

At the Centre for Computing History we are well placed to put these contributions back to the forefront of our shared history. The stories told here merely scratch the surface of women’s tech history, but if a single person is inspired by them then they have served their purpose. 48 page paperback.
The book is beautifully illustrated with the pictures of the 21 notable women featured. I liked reading about them, especially Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, Margaret Hamilton, and Sophie Wilson. The book is available from the Centre for Computing History Museum Shop for four British Pounds (plus shipping). A lovely STEM gift.


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