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What made the experience of listening to Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing the most enjoyable?
It a well researched look at the Post War UK Tech world....... Although the USA suffers from the same lack of diversity, Silicon Valley is still in a modern Renaissance in Tech rather then Art.So I am sympathetic to the premise of this book but it is too simplistic to blame the lack of women in the Tech world for the British decline in this Universe.The U.S had strong Government support and large movements of skilled workers to infuse our Tech industry with fresh blood and raw talent.This was lacking in Post-War England.There is no question that more women are needed in not only the Tech World but all industries across the planet to insure continued growth in GDP. I believe this is a work that was looking to prove a premise, it is my belief that nothing could have stopped the juggernaut of American dominance after the World War ........The improper use of British women as cited by the author was a factor in the decline of the British Tech sector but it is too simplistic to put that cause as the most important factor.The unique symbiosis between the Government,Military and the private sector helped energize our Tech industry in that era.The destruction of The War put England at a huge disadvantage that it could not overcome regardless of the amount of women employed in the industry.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Becky White’s performance did you like?
She did her best with the material she had to work with.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No...... it is not that entertaining you need time to absorb the material.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I have recently read a number of books along this topic line such as “Hidden Figures, Rocket Girl, etc.”. This book deals with the United Kingdom. According to Hicks Britain was the leader in electronics field at the end of World War II. The author chronological reveals the history from Bletchley Park to the collapse of the UK-sourced IT industry in the late 1970s. Hicks also details the rigid Civil Service attitudes and strictures to constrain the role of women in the workplace.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. The author spent many hours in the British archives. Hicks displays scholarship in her excellent use of original sources and extensive supporting notes and references. Hicks delves deep into the gender discrimination in the UK. The writing style is easy to read but is very academic. I found this book fascinating. It reinforces the need and benefits of a diversified work force. Marie Hicks is associate professor of history at Illinois Institution of Technology.
The book is eleven hours. Becky White does a good job narrating the book. White is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful