As of January 2015, these cards and posters are available for sale on Notable Technical Women.
I am proud to present 108 role models and mentors. Each of these technical women has earned her place through remarkable accomplishments and experience:
- 54 Notable Women in Computing who are pioneers or have received multiple, high-level awards from more than one institution (such as being named an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, elected to a National Academy, or receiving the Turing Award).
- 54 TechWomen Emerging Leaders (2011-2014, from 16 countries in the Middle East and Africa) – alumnae of the US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs mentoring program hosted in Silicon Valley annually.
You may know that after selling out the first edition of Notable Women playing cards at the Hopper Conference, Dr. Susan Rodger (Computer Science, Duke University), Jessica Dickinson Goodman, and I created the Notable Women in Computing Kickstarter, which was crowd funded by generous backers at five times our original asking. Since then, Jessica has ably managed our production and shipping. Card decks and posters shipped last month to not only our backers but also to 500 educators around the world (USA, Netherlands, Scotland, Nigeria, Lebanon, New Zealand, India…). We are now getting many photos of the cards and posters “in the wild” from teachers and schools, companies, and even from honorees. Susan and Jessica and I are discussing our next steps for the project, since we are still getting new requests for decks and posters. Jessica is setting up an ecommerce site for future purchases and new customers. More news on that soon…
“Notable Women in Computing” has also inspired many daughter projects – including the “TechWomen Emerging Leaders” poster and card decks (for which Jessica was also the designer!) – now in production to go to South Africa for the TechWomen Delegation next week.
A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is emulated by others, especially by younger people. That is, a role model can inspire without ever communicating directly with the person whose life they have touched. Mentors, on the other hand, advise and inspire directly. In short, practical terms:
- Mentors make introductions.
- Mentors give recommendations to resources.
- Mentors give feedback for the mentee to consider.
I am lucky to know many of the 108 women honored here personally. My respect for this group could not be higher. Most of the “Notable Women in Computing” group have been role models and mentors to generations of students and rising professionals. When I have served on the selection committees for TechWomen Emerging Leaders, one of the most common hopes I read in their application essays is for an opportunity to give back to their community and to help girls learn to use and love technology. I have also heard this aspiration over and over from my own amazing TechWomen mentees.
Please help spread the news of these amazing technical leaders. In August 2013, I wrote about Getting Beyond Marie Curie – developing information and awareness about other great women tole models. Here are 108.