Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
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writing software is like writing poetry with the unforgiving precision of equations, and it has a practical capacity to impact human lives on an unprecedented scale.
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“Pam found herself unwittingly cast into a ‘queen bee’ role, with others trying to unload their emotional work onto her,” Lee Felsenstein tells me in an e-mail. “This may have been the major factor in her abruptly leaving the group—the burden of the accumulated desires of so many of us to act like our mother.”
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“In those days,” Stacy writes, “journalists wrote that I started Echo to provide a safe place for women on the Net. Bite me. I wanted to get more women on Echo to make it better.”
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Marisa Bowe saw the crash coming a mile away. Being from the Midwest, she’d lived through the collapse of the steel industry. For her, being part of the breathless atmosphere of the bubble was a rush precisely because she knew it would pop—it was like being on the inside of history. Her two favorite novels, Guy de Maupassant’s Bel Ami and Honoré de Balzac’s Lost Illusions, take place in Gilded Age France, and to be living through such a folly herself felt like a crazy stroke of luck.
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It’s not that the market couldn’t support more than one Web site for women. It’s that women, once they got online, could take it from there.