If you aim for code that's SOLID, rather than SOID, thank Barbara Liskov and Jeannette Wing. Call yourself a "software engineer"? Thank NASA supercoder Margaret Hamilton, who invented the term that once drew chuckles. Ada Lovelace in the 19th century wrote the first computer algorithm and foresaw the potential of symbol-and-rule-based computation. Yet she's often dismissed as a math klutz, the well-meaning but incompetent muse of inventor Charles Babbage.

These aren't the only women who shaped today's tech-centric world. Throughout the history of computing, women have played pivotal roles. Meet some of the women who shaped the world of tech, and learn their stories. Find out what the landscape looks like today for women in tech, and learn how you can contribute to a brighter future for all.


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Brian Fenton at 14:56 on 17 Mar 2017

Exposing a gigantic blind spot in our understanding of history and the contributions of women in its advancement. Highly recommended.

Ian Coldwater at 15:11 on 17 Mar 2017

This was amazing!

Becky at 18:29 on 17 Mar 2017

I loved the talk. I learned so much about the history of women in tech. I wish this information was more common knowledge.

Dave Buchanan at 09:28 on 18 Mar 2017

Rather than being at a php conference, for an hour there I felt as if I was watching a PBS worthy presenter talking about a documentary they had just released. It was fabulously presented, especially Vesna's tone when talking about truly amazing accomplishments and how the credits to women were fatally brushed under the rug of history. Replaced by 'famous' men computer pioneers who maybe just played a small role.

Thanks for this! I learned a lot, very tragic how we have been set back because of gender bias. Vesna's intro to her topic was top notch. Talking about how a German actress fled to the US. Yet the US government refused to listen to her valuable knowledge.

The hidden side of women in tech history revealed. I learned so much about what actually happened to make tech advancements and what was erased from history due to many of them being amazing women. Vesna's presentation style was entertaining and fun - more a story than a presentation. Good job!

I would have loved a bit more in depth on a select few women instead of a whirlwind tour attempting to touch on many different women. It felt a little bit like trying to cram the entirety of the history of women and computers into 50 minutes, which was a bit overwhelming.
Although I will say I came way from the session understanding that the breadth of women in programming was far more extensive then I had previously thought, which would not have happened had it gone further in depth on only a few women. I did end up with a long list of women I would like to further research and read about, which is great.
In the long run I feel Vesna helped pass on her passion and gave me the tools to further my own education.

Emily Stamey at 17:50 on 20 Mar 2017

There was so much great information in this talk! I loved the delivery, as well. Great!!!