Participant Info

First Name
Marie (Mar)
Last Name
Illinois Institute of Technology
Website URL
history of technology, computing, gender, labor, women, sexism, STEM, Britain, economics
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About Me

I’m a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe. I research how gender and sexuality change what we think we know about technological progress and the global “computer revolution.” My new book is Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing published by MIT Press in January 2017. It won the 2018 PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and is now available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book.

Programmed Inequality investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. It shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States, and how history can help us make sense of the present and the future by focusing not just on technological success stories, but also stories of technological failure.

I have also written about the history of computer dating, the long prehistory of transphobic algorithmic bias, and the ways in which sexism and racism have been encoded into our technological infrastructure. For more of my writing, see my website.

Recent Publications

Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing (MIT Press, 2017)

“A Feature, Not a Bug” Technology’s Stories (December 2017)

“The Mother of All Swipes,” LOGIC Magazine (June 2017)

“Computer Love: Replicating Social Order Through Early Computer Dating Systems,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology (Fall 2016)

“Against Meritocracy in the History of Computing,” CORE: The Magazine of the Computer History Museum (Summer 2016)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain and USA
Expertise by Geography
England, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Computational, Economic History, Gender, Government, Higher Ed, Military, Pedagogy, Politics, Public History, Science, Sexuality, Technology, Women