Technology innovation is at the heart of the world’s positive future, and there is no question that innovation and business success benefit when women and men are together at the table creating technology. Today, women make up about 25% of the technical workforce and earn 18% of computer science degrees. Women technologists and leaders have been making important contributions since technology’s inception, but they are often under-recognized. This talk will explore the history of women’s contributions to computing, and some of the great resources that are available that recognize some of the great contributions by women.
Dr. Whitney, a recognized leader in the area of women and technology, will talk about the landscape of women’s contributions, and include anecdotes from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
Dr. Susan Rodger, a distinguished computer science educator, will talk about her efforts in starting the Notable Women in Computing Wikipedia Project and highlight women featured in this project.
Katy Dickinson, who joined forces with Susan, will discuss what grew out of their combined vision, including the Notable Technical Women playing cards distributed to schools around the world, and many of the remarkable women whom she discovered along the way.
The three speakers will together introduce the audience to many remarkable achievements of women, and illustrate the importance of role models.