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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.
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This story of when--and why--computing flipped from being a feminized field to being a male-dominated one is essential knowledge for everyone working in the field today. I had no idea how much this change had to do with power rather than skill. Women in computing today face similar obstacles. The great part about this book is that it makes you think about the structures that have created this situation, and it shows how women have been there from the beginning.
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