Women in computing history

  title={Women in computing history},
  author={Denise W. G{\"u}rer},
  journal={ACM SIGCSE Bull.},
  • D. Gürer
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Art
  • ACM SIGCSE Bull.
Exciting inventions, innovative technology, human interaction, and intriguing politics fill computing history. However, the recorded history is mainly composed of male achievements and involvements, even though women have played substantial roles. This situation is not unusual. Most science fields are notorious for excluding, undervaluing, or overlooking the accomplishments of their female scientists [1, 16, 17, 22]. As J.A.N. Lee points out, it is up to the historians and others to remedy this… 

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