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Recoding Gender: Women's Changing Participation in Computing
Today, women earn a relatively low percentage of computer science degrees and hold proportionately few technical computing jobs. Meanwhile, the stereotype of the male "computer geek" seems to be everywhere in popular culture. Few people know that women were a significant presence in the early decades of computing in both the United States and Britain. Indeed, programming i ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by MIT Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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An excellent history of women in computing, which goes out of its way to remind readers of the absurdities women faced as the industry developed. However, the book definitely focuses on the experience of white women -- just as technology is not gender neutral, it is not race neutral either, and racism and sexism cannot be siloed.
well researched and thorough in its approach. would definitely recommend the first 2 chapters, chapter 3 if you have time. i know the author acknowledges limits in the critiques and intersectionality, but still... i found it lacking.
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