Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing

I’m a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe. I research how gender and sexuality change what we think we know about technological progress and the global “computer revolution.” My new book is Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing published by MIT Press in January 2017. It won the PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the Association of American Publishers; The Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology; The Stansky Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies; and the Wadsworth Prize from the British Business Archives Council. It is now available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book.

Programmed Inequality investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. It shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States, and how history can help us make sense of the present and the future by focusing not just on technological success stories, but also stories of technological failure.

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