Congratulations to Janet Abbate on receiving the 2014 Computer History Museum prize for her book Recoding Gender. Abbate’s book is a wonderful addition to the social history of computing. From the SIGCIS award announcement:
Recoding Gender instead uses women’s day-to-day experiences to reveal the obstacles encountered and the strategies developed by women who carved out professional careers as corporate programmers, software entrepreneurs, or academic computer scientists. Based on extensive oral histories, all made available online by the author, Abbate’s book provides new material for the historical study of women in computing, offering at the same time new ground for current debates on women’s under-represented position within computing.