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Recoding gender : women's changing participation in computing, Janet Abbate

Label
Recoding gender : women's changing participation in computing
Title
Recoding gender
Title remainder
women's changing participation in computing
Statement of responsibility
Janet Abbate
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 (perhaps in contrast to the more manly task of building the computers themselves). In Recoding Gender, Janet Abbate explores the untold history of women in computer science and programming from the Second World War to the late twentieth century. Demonstrating how gender has shaped the culture of computing, she offers a valuable historical perspective on today's concerns over women's underrepresentation in the field. Abbate describes the experiences of women who worked with the earliest electronic digital computers: Colossus, the wartime codebreaking computer at Bletchley Park outside London, and the American ENIAC, developed to calculate ballistics. She examines postwar methods for recruiting programmers, and the 1960s redefinition of programming as the more masculine "software engineering." She describes the social and business innovations of two early software entrepreneurs, Elsie Shutt and Stephanie Shirley; and she examines the career paths of women in academic computer science. Abbate's account of the bold and creative strategies of women who loved computing work, excelled at it, and forged successful careers will provide inspiration for those working to change gendered computing culture
Member of
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abbate, Janet
Dewey number
004.082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.9.W65
LC item number
A33 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
History of computing
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women in computer science
  • Computer industry
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • Computer industry
  • Women in computer science
Label
Recoding gender : women's changing participation in computing, Janet Abbate
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-242) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
813929041
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 247 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262305464
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 426559
  • 22573/ctt5qrxvw
  • 9014
  • 9780262305464
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)813929041
Label
Recoding gender : women's changing participation in computing, Janet Abbate
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-242) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
813929041
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 247 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262305464
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 426559
  • 22573/ctt5qrxvw
  • 9014
  • 9780262305464
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)813929041

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