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Recoding gender : women's changing participation in computing

Author: Janet Abbate
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Series: History of computing.
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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 in postwar years was considered woman's work  Read more...
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Abbate, Janet.
Recoding gender.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012009891
(OCoLC)791488293
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Abbate
ISBN: 9780262305464 0262305461
OCLC Number: 813929041
Awards: Winner of Winner, 2014 Computer History Museum Prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Technology 2014
Description: 1 online resource (x, 247 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: Rediscovering Women's History in Computing --
1. Breaking Codes and Finding Trajectories: Women at the Dawn of the Digital Age --
2. Seeking the Perfect Programmer: Gender and Skill in Early Data Processing --
3. Software Crisis or Identity Crisis? Gender, Labor, and Programming Methods --
4. Female Entrepreneurs: Reimagining Software as a Business --
5. Gender in Academic Computing: Alternative Career Paths and Norms --
Appendix: Oral History Interviews Conducted for This Project.
Series Title: History of computing.
Responsibility: Janet Abbate.

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