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Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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An Amazon Best Book of March 2018: Fascinating and often moving, Broad Band sheds light on the true stories of women who pioneered crucial technological and social leaps throughout the history of computing. Much like the dedicated female mathematicians in Hidden Figures, the women in Broad Band solved new and complex technical problems while also dealing with stifling social mores that kept them marginalized in the writing of the “official” history. Author and VICE reporter Claire L. Evans relates these stories with a candor and humor that matches the relentless spirit of the subjects. Broad Band is an inspiring and timely read for anyone interested in the digital world. --Matt Fyffe
“Broad Band is a celebration of the women whose minds gave birth to the motherboard and its brethren.... an engaging series of biographical essays on lesser known mathematicians, innovators and cyberpunks." —Wall Street Journal
"A jaunty new history of women in computing." —WIRED
“A spirited collection of portraits of women who contributed to the infrastructure of the digital economy.” —Wall Street Journal
"In this inspiring tale, writer Evans chronicles the contributions of some of the many women who aided the rise of the modern Internet." —Scientific American
“An invigorating history of female coders, engineers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries who helped create and shape the internet.” —Publishers Weekly
"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures." —Kirkus
A “fascinating and inspiring work of women’s history.” —Booklist
“Broad Band is the Our Bodies, Ourselves for all computer users—this knowledge belongs to us. And Claire Evans tells the story like a friend who knows you get bored easily; a generous sort of brilliance that pulled me right in. This is a radicallyimportant, timely work.”
—MIRANDA JULY, filmmaker, artist, and author of The First Bad Man
“Broad Band is such an interesting secret history, written with great panache.”
—JON RONSON, author of The Psychopath Test and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
“A necessary addition to the story of women in computing, about known heroes and the fearless women and punks the world needs to know more about.”
—ELLEN ULLMAN, author of Life in Code, Close to the Machine, and The Bug
“Broad Band is thrilling, powerful stuff. At once an electric feminist history of modern tech and a much-needed corrective to the hyper-male mythology of Silicon Valley, Evans’s compelling, surprising, and eminently readable work restores due credit to the countless brilliant women who made the connected world into what it is today. This book should be required reading for anyone who’s interested in how the future is actually made.”
—BRIAN MERCHANT, author of The One Device
“Broad Band offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the creation of themodern world. Evans’s riveting account of female innovators from the Victorianage to today fills in gaps in the history we should have had all along, and provides unique, enlightening insight into some of the most revolutionary technological advances of our time—from the world’s first computer game to the creation of the ‘.com’ domain.”
—JOSHUA DAVIS, author of Spare Parts
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Please do not assume that people who work in tech are not aware of these women and do not fully appreciate what they have done for the tech industry.
Uncle Bob has been posing the question about why in the 1980's we started seeing less women and more men moving into the tech sector. Software was originally dominated by women, and hardware by men. Uncle Bob isn't sure why that shift happened, but it is something worth looking into.
It covers so many fascinating stories from so many era of computing, and draws valuable conclusions while letting the stories largely speak for themselves.
If you have any interest at all in technology, this book is a must read.