Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, by Claire L. Evans
The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers - but from Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program in the Victorian Age, to the cyberpunk Web designers of the 1990s, female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation.
In fact, women turn up at the very beginning of every important wave in technology. They may have been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don't even realize, but they have always been part of the story.
Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the pioneers who defied social convention to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs.
This inspiring call to action shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore.
“A spirited collection of portraits of women who contributed to the infrastructure of the digital economy.” - Wall Street Journal
“A jaunty new history of women in computing.” - WIRED