New Interactive Timeline Brings History of Women Technologists to the Forefront

Ruthe Farmer, a STEM education advocate and Winner of the 2014 Social Impact Abie Award, was one of many people who were upset by the 60 Minutes report Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry. The report failed to acknowledge the numerous contributions that women technologists have made to promote gender equity in the STEM fields. Instead, the report focused on one man — Hadi Partovi, Co-founder of — who himself called the episode a “missed opportunity” when he discovered it did not reference any women-led organizations. President and CEO, Brenda Darden Wilkerson, shared her disappointment in the episode at that time as well in “Computer Science for All Stands on the Shoulders of Champions.”

Wanting to bring the work and stories of female trailblazers to the forefront, Ruthe decided to collaborate with teachers and researchers to create Computer Science by All — an interactive, visual timeline of the history of computer science education. The timeline, which is scheduled to launch this fall, documents stories such as how Anita Borg founded the online community Systers, and how Ada Lovelace became one of the first computer programmers.

“We know the loudest voices get recorded,” Ruthe said, “and we wanted to make sure the voice of educators, who are often women, are heard and record history accurately.”

Read the full Colorado Sun article to learn more about Computer Science by All.