“We’re just starting to acknowledge the work that these women did — but that’s a fault of our history, not a function of their lack of presence. They were invisible, but they weren’t absent.”1

The recent publication of an anti-diversity memo by a Google engineer has provoked some thoughtful (and not-so-thoughtful) responses. It has also encouraged a renewed interest in my research on the history of women in computing and on the emergence of a hyper-masculine computing culture in the late 1970s.

If you are interested in more of this history, see the work of Janet Abbate and Marie Hicks, as well as the excellent edited volume by Tom Misa called Gender Codes: Why Women are Leaving Computing.

If you are really interested in this topic, see the syllabus and comprehensive bibliography I developed for my recent graduate seminar on gender and technology.