Artifact Details

Title

Programmed Inequality

Catalog Number

102738683

Type

Moving image

Date

2017-12-06

Participants

Brock, David C., Moderator
Hicks, Marie, Speaker

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Format

MOV

Description

In her book, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing, author and historian Dr. Marie Hicks explores how changing gender discrimination, labor demographics, and government policy led to the UK’s rise and fall as a leader in computing. She also explains how Britain’s lag in technological progress had detrimental economic effects on the UK—and why the US may be facing the same risks today.

Dr. Marie Hicks sits down with David C. Brock, Director of the Museum’s Center for Software History, to share insights from her book.

Hicks received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD from Duke University. Before entering academia, she worked as a UNIX systems administrator. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light and how women’s experiences change the core narratives of the history of computing.

Category

Talk

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8417.2018