In 1987, Anita founded Systers, an online community, with 12 fellow women technologists. These founders wanted to provide a space for women to discuss about issues they experienced at work and share resources with each other. To this day, Systers offers a closed-network, safe community for women technologists.
Below are the original 13 Founding Systers. Each member’s professional affiliation in 1987, when the list was founded, is shown in parentheses; second affiliation is current as of 2018.
Anita Borg – (Digital Equipment Corporation Systems Research Center) Founding Systers’ Keeper, Co-Founder of AnitaB.org – deceased
Stella Atkins – (Simon Fraser University) Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University
Miche Baker-Harvey – (Digital Equipment Corporation ) Member of Technical Staff, Google
Carla Ellis – (Duke University) Professor Emerita, Duke University
Joan Francioni – (Michigan Technological University) Professor, Winona State University
Susan Gerhart – (Microelectronic & Computer Corporation) Speculative Fiction Author & Retired Software Researcher
Anita Jones – (Carnegie Mellon University) University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia
Rivka Ladin – (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Hewlett-Packard
Barbara Jane Liskov – (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Professor, MIT School of Engineering
Sherri Menees Nichols – (Carnegie Mellon University) Community volunteer in education and politics
Susan Owicki – (Digital Equipment Corporation Systems Research Center) Counselor, Stanford University
Liuba Shrira – (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Professor, Brandeis University
Karen Sollins – (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Principal Scientist, MIT
Our thanks to Dr. Anita Jones, who helped us track down the original Systers in 2012.