The New York Times Magazine Discusses The Secret History of Women in Coding

The New York Times Magazine Discusses The Secret History of Women in Coding

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We highly recommend this read from The New York Times Magazine that covers a brief history of women and code and the folks who have studied it, featuring Mary Allen Wilkes, Ada Lovelace (of course 😉), Jennifer S. Light, Kathleen McNulty, Jean Jennings, Betty Snyder, Marlyn Wescoff, Frances Bilas, Ruth Lichterman, Grace Hopper, Jean E. Sammet, Fran Allen, Arlene Gwendolyn Lee, Elsie Shutt, Janet Abbate, Jane Margolis, Patricia Ordóñez, Sara Kiesler, Ellen Spertus, Marie Hicks, Sue Gardner, Stephanie Hurlburt, Kieran Snyder, Cate Huston, Roli Varma, Patsy Boyce Simmers, Gail Taylor, Millie Beck, Norma Stec, Maria Klawe, Linda Sax, Sowmya Patapati, Akshaya Dinesh, Amulya Balakrishnan, and Kara McCullough. Whew! From The New York Times:

When digital computers finally became a practical reality in the 1940s, women were again pioneers in writing software for the machines. At the time, men in the computing industry regarded writing code as a secondary, less interesting task. The real glory lay in making the hardware. Software? “That term hadn’t yet been invented,” says Jennifer S. Light, a professor at M.I.T. who studies the history of science and technology.

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