Notable Women List Triples!

Susan Landau, 2008 Susan Landau GHC08 Hopper 2008 Radia Perlman, 2012 IMG_2975

Since 2009, we have been expanding the list of notable women in computing. Recently, the list tripled in size! The Anita Borg Institute Advisory Board (ABI) committee I chair published the first version of the Famous Women in Computer Science list in March 2012.  It included about eighty names, short biographies, plus a Pinterest board.

This year, our ABI committee started collaborating with Dr. Susan Rodger (Duke University) of the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). We combined the list CRA-W developed with the original ABI list – for a current total of 234 names.

The women on this list are pioneers and leaders in computing, recognized by their peers and the technology industry through major awards and other public acknowledgements of excellence.

Why make such a list?

Public acknowledgment of success and excellence is good for both the honored individual as well as their company, institution, or university. Women on this list serve as role models for girls and young women entering the field.  The list also provides encouragement to women already working in computing. Moreover, public recognition builds on itself.  For example, award winners are more likely to be noticed and considered for additional awards.

Goals for this project:

  • To raise awareness of notable women in computing as role models.
  • To identify and document the accomplishments and lives of notable women in computing, particularly in Wikipedia.
  • To increase the number of women writing for Wikipedia by developing the “CRA-W and Anita Borg Institute Wikipedia Project – Writing Wikipedia Pages for Notable Women in Computing“.  A survey done in 2010 indicated only 13% of those writing Wikipedia pages were women.
  • To identify women with award-winning potential.  Awards and other honors often go begging for lack of good nominations. A great woman is often overlooked because no one mentioned her name or took the time to build her case. Increased focus is needed on awards going to great technical women at every stage in their careers.
  • To encourage those who want to understand their own potential for promotion, honors, and awards.
  • To support efforts to organize and inform a nomination or promotion.

What can you do?

  1. Review the current spreadsheet listing Notable Women in Computing.
  2. Fill out this entry form to add a name to the list.
  3. Fill out this update form to add information about a woman already listed.
  4. Get started writing Wikipedia pages on notable women in computing.
  5. Consider nominating a woman for an award, promotion, or honor in the field of computing. Check out The RAISE Project for a list of awards.
Lucy Sanders,
and Fran Allen, 2010
IMG_3634 Genevieve Bell, 2013 IMG_7934

Images Copyright 2008-2013 by Katy Dickinson

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