Listing: “Notable Women in Computing” Playing Cards – GHC14

As of January 2015, these cards are available for sale on Notable Technical Women. See the 3 January 2019 listing for the updated 4th edition.

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This is my second blog post featuring cards from the “Notable Women in Computing” Playing Cards set. Professor Susan Rodger (Duke University), my daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman, and I sent them off to be manufactured for delivery at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing (aka GHC14) next week. This work is associated with the long-term “CRA-W and Anita Borg Institute Wikipedia Project – Writing Wikipedia Pages for Notable Women in Computing” project.  We encourage you to use this information to write or improve Wikipedia pages – especially creating new pages about remarkable women who have none!

Duke University and Everwise are sponsors. The full card listing follows. Cards will be for sale $6/deck (our cost) at the GHC14 Duke University table (8 October to 10 October 2014) – one deck per person!

23 October 2014 note: Please watch the Kickstarter video about why we picked these 54 women from among all of the remarkable technical women.

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The Notable Women in Computer Science project is a labor of love for the women behind it, which is why we are licensing the card deck under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 U.S. License. We have done a number of things to ensure this deck only helps, and does not hurt, women in computing. Our efforts included: using public domain images, seeking individual permission for images, seeking to represent the reality of diversity of women in computing, and seeking input on the project from women leaders in technology.

If you have a concern (don’t like the public domain photo we found of you, don’t think the photo you took can be licensed in the way we did, decided you did not want to be included, want to provide a better photo or more correct text) we want to know and we will do our best to help you. Please contact Katy Dickinson (katy dot dickinson at gmail dot com) with questions.

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All 54 cards:

Suit Honoree Name Position, Honors, Awards Wikipedia Link (if any)
Joker Maria Klawe Harvey Mudd College President, ACM Fellow, Canadian Information Processing Society founding Fellow Linked Here
Joker Mitchell Baker Exec. Chair Mozilla, ABI Women of Vision, Internet Hall of Fame Linked Here
Hearts QueenFrances Allen IBM Fellow Emerita, Turing Award, Computer History Museum Fellow, IEEE Fellow Linked Here
KingBarbara Liskov MIT Professor, Turing Award, ACM Fellow, SWE Achievement Award Linked Here
JackShafrira Goldwasser MIT Professor, Turing Award, ACM-W Athena Lecturer Linked Here
AceHessa Sultan Al Jaber Qatar ICT Minister, Chair CS Department – Qatar Univ. Linked Here
10- Mary Jane Irwin Pennsylvania State Univ. Professor, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, NAE Member, ACM-W Athena Lecturer Linked Here
9- Irene Greif IBM User Experience Group, ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, Formed Lotus Research 1992 Linked Here
8- Duy-Loan Le Senior Fellow-Texas Instruments, WITI Hall of Fame, ABI Women of Vision Linked Here
7- Grete Hermann Univ. of Göttingen mathematician, 1926 foundational paper for computerized algebra Linked Here
6- Manuela Veloso Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow Linked Here
5- Lila Ibrahim Chief Business Officer Coursera, ABI Women of Vision, Purdue University-Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer none yet
4- Padmasree Warrior Cisco CTO, WITI Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Delhi Linked Here
3- Genevieve Bell Intel Director of Interaction and Experience Research, ABI Women of Vision, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
2- Marilyn Wescoff ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
Diamonds QueenAnita Borg Founder Anita Borg Institute, WITI Hall of Fame, Fellow ACM, EFF Pioneer Linked Here
KingDeborah Estrin Professor Cornell NYC Tech, ACM, AAAS and IEEE Fellow, ABI Women of Vision, ACM-W Athena Lecturer Linked Here
Jack– Yuqing Gao IBM Senior Manager, ABI Women of Vision, IEEE Fellow none yet
Ace– Susan Graham Univ. California Berkeley Distinguished Professor, ACM Fellow, NAE Member, AAAS Fellow none yet
10- Cristina Amon Univ. of Toronto Dean-Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, IEEE Fellow, SWE Achievement Award, Canadian Academy of Eng., Spanish Royal Academy, Royal Society of Canada, US NAE Linked Here
9- Betsy Ancker-Johnson 1st observation of microwave emission without the presence of an external field (1967), Fellow Am Physical Society, Fellow AAAS, IEEE Fellow, Member NAE Linked Here
8- Arati Prabhakar US DARPA Director, IEEE Fellow, Head National Institute of Standards and Technology (US NIST) Linked Here
7- Sophie Vandebroek CTO Xerox, IEEE Fellow, WITI Hall of Fame, Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences Member none yet
6- Ruzena Bajcsy Univ. California Berkeley Professor, NAE Member, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAI member, AAAS member Linked Here
5- Laurie Hendren Professor McGill Univ., ACM Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada none yet
4- Lixia Zhang Univ. California, Los Angeles Professor, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow none yet
3- Betty Snyder ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
2- Kay McNulty ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
Spades QueenGrace Hopper US Navy Admiral, 1st compiler for a programming language 1952, Computer History Museum Fellow, Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow AAAS Linked Here
King– Chieko Asakawa IBM Fellow, ABI Women of Vision, Japan Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon none yet
JackDenice Denton Univ. California Santa Cruz Chancellor, AAAS Fellow, IEEE Fellow Linked Here
AceRadia Perlman Intel Fellow, IEEE Fellow, 1st ABI Women of Vision award winner Linked Here
10- Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza Professor PUC Rio de Janeiro, CHI Academy none yet
9- Linda Petzold Univ. California Santa Barbara Professor, ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, NAE Member none yet
8- Jennifer Widom Professor Stanford Univ., ACM Fellow, AAAS Member, NAE Member Linked Here
7- Jean Sammet IBM Researcher, 1st woman ACM President, ACM Fellow, Computer History Museum Fellow Linked Here
6- Helen Greiner CEO of CyPhy Works, ABI Women of Vision, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
5- Anuradha Annaswamy MIT Senior Research Scientist, IEEE Fellow, Hay Medal – Indian Institute of Science none yet
4- Qiheng Hu Founder, China Internet Network Information Center, Internet Hall of Fame, Research Professor – Chinese Academy of Sciences none yet
3- Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
2- Fran Bilas ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
Clubs QueenKatherine Johnson NASA Mathematician, calculated the trajectory of early space launches 1959 Linked Here
KingAugusta Ada Lovelace King Mathematician, 1st computer programmer 1843 Linked Here
JackJennifer Chayes Microsoft Research Distinguished Scientist, ACM Fellow, ABI Women of Vision Linked Here
Ace– Vicki Hanson Professor Univ. of Dundee, ACM Fellow, SIGCHI Social Impact Award, ABI Women of Vision, Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh none yet
10- Ellen Ochoa NASA Astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director, 1st Hispanic woman in space, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Harvard Foundation Science Award, San Diego State Univ. Alumna of the Year Linked Here
9- Tova Milo Professor Tel Aviv Univ., ACM Fellow Linked Here
8- Valerie Taylor Professor Univ. Texas A&M, IEEE Fellow none yet
7- Kathleen McKeown Professor Columbia Univ., ACM and AAAI Fellow, Founding Fellow Association for Computational Linguistics, ABI Women of Vision none yet
6- Susan Landau Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, ABI Women of Vision Linked Here
5- Mary Lou Jepsen Google X Head of the Display Division, ABI Women of Vision, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here
4- Kristina Johnson Undersecretary US Dept. of Energy, IEEE Fellow, ABI Women of Vision, SWE Achievement Award Linked Here
3- Sophie Wilson Broadcom Director IC Design, Designer Acorn Microcomputer, Computer History Museum Fellow, Fellow Royal Society-London Linked Here
2- Jean Bartik ENIAC computer programmer team 1946, WITI Hall of Fame Linked Here

A project by: Susan Rodger (Duke University Computer Science Professor of the Practice), Jessica Dickinson Goodman, and Katy Dickinson (Everwise Vice President – Mentoring)

Updated 4 January 2019.


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16 responses to “Listing: “Notable Women in Computing” Playing Cards – GHC14

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  5. I guess it is good that I disagree with this list. How about Rose O’Donnell, Heidi Roizen, Sue Dumais, or Karen Spärck Jones, wow, how could she be left off.

    And the list does feel heavy with academics. I can’t argue with Barbara Liskov, but women have been successful in business, despite the odds.

  6. Katy Dickinson

    Thank you, Walter, for the thoughtful and helpful comment. I welcome your evaluation and suggestions. You can see the whole list of over 300 remarkable women whom we considered as honorees linked to “CRA-W and Anita Borg Institute Wikipedia Project – Writing Wikipedia Pages for Notable Women in Computing”. You can also use links there to add information and new names to the list of Notable Women in Computing. Two of the women you mention are not yet on our list (Rose O’Donnell, Heidi Roizen) and three others are (Susan Dumais, Karen Spärck Jones, Barbara Liskov). I will certainly start researching the two new names! Dr. Susan Rodger (Duke University) and I maintain the list – which is a work in progress – and we do get additions/changes and suggestions frequently. In picking just 54 women to honor on our GHC14 poster and deck of cards, we wanted “to portray the true diversity of women in computing both current and historical, showcasing professionals from a variety of nations, backgrounds, gender identities, orientations and abilities” (as Jessica Dickinson Goodman wrote for our Kickstarter page). As a result, we had to leave out some truly remarkable and much-honored women, such as Karen Spärck Jones (Cambridge) and Mary Shaw (CMU). In creating the card deck, we also wrote instructions on how to create your own deck, which can be found at: There are may other collections of technical women to be honored. I hope you will check out our Kickstarter which has been funded at over 200% so far with three weeks yet to run! Some of the funding will go to donating card decks and posters to schools, libraries, and teachers.

  7. Hi again, Walter. I added Heidi Roizen to the list on but I need more information on Rose O’Donnell. I should note that 57% (31 of the 54 honorees) are in business, government, or the military. That is, only 43% are academics. In addition to remarkable technical women in the corporate world, we included the notable entrepreneurs Helen Greiner and Lila Ibrahim. Thanks for your support! – Katy

  8. Making a short list is really hard, I know.

    Rose O’Donnell was with Apollo when HP acquired them. HP had to make a new position on the technical ladder for her. I don’t remember the exact title, but she was CTO for the computer group in HP. Chuck House might know more.

    Read the recommendations on LinkedIn.

    And there are a lot more women in the pipleline: Daphne Koller, Jaime Teevan, …

    • Hi Walter – Thanks for the LinkedIn reference – I checked into Rose O’Donnell and can’t see that she has honors and awards other than holding executive roles. We are looking to honor remarkable technical women who have received multiple, high-level awards from more than one institution, such as being named an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, or receiving the Turing Award. I see that Daphne Koller is already in the list but not Jaime Teevan. I think you will have fun reviewing the list and suggesting edits and changes through the web page at

  9. Susan Graham is at Susan L. Graham

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  12. This is a great initiative! Seeing these role models will definitely help girls (including me) stick with technical fields.

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