The Women Were Pushed Out of Computing

In a brief article in Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), Moshe Vardi maintains that the women in computing “did not just leave; they were pushed out.” Vardi sketches the history of computing, an area once dominated by women. He argues that “general ignorance” of computing history effaces the important contributions that women made to programming and code-breaking. The article offers a useful reading list of recent books tracing the history of women in computing, and the factors that led to the area coming to be dominated by men. Vardi concludes the piece by saying, “There is hard work ahead of us to start to undo the damage” and by sharing some resources about what the ACM is doing to get the women back into computing.

Read Vardi’s piece here.

One thought on “The Women Were Pushed Out of Computing

  1. Another good article on this is:
    “Beards, Sandals, and Other Signs of Rugged Individualism”: Masculine Culture within the Computing Professions” by Nathan Ensmenger, Osiris, Vol 30 No 1, 2015

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