Monday, 14 September 2015


It is good to see that BBC is featuring women in computing this week. It seems that there has been little progress since the initiative of seven years ago referred to here. Indeed, with the increased publicity given to games programming which lads and laddishness dominate, things seem to have gone slightly backward.

This pdf redresses the balance in respect of the contribution women made to the development of high-level programming languages. On this side of the ocean, women contributed to the first business computer, LEO, and other pioneering developments.

So, fascinating though Ada Augusta, Countess Lovelace, Dame Steve Shirley and Commodore Grace Murray Hopper undoubtedly are, I trust that the BBC will spotlight the many other non-male pioneers on radio and TV in the coming days.

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