Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, a new book from journalist and musician Claire L. Evans, offers a narrative that has been overlooked for over a decade. Broad Band profiles some female heroes and trailblazers, including Ada Lovelace (the famous computer programmer and mathematician) and Grace Hopper (one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer).
VICE reporter and YACHT lead singer Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today.
The book covers the history of women in technology but also the current landscape from the 1970s Bay Area digital bulletin board project Resource One, led by Pam Hardt-English to Dame Wendy Hall’s role in developing hypertext, just before the launch of the World Wide Web.
As well as, Jaime Levy, a groundbreaking digital media creator known for her creation of the floppy disk distributed with Billy Idol’s album.
You will also meet and seek inspiration from Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out of her New York City apartment in the 1980s.
This book needs to be picked up and read by every woman and every man to understand the history of the internet and how women have pioneered crucial technological and social leaps throughout the history of computing.
“I truly, really, really hope that people don’t look at this book and think, “Okay, we’re done.” There are so many stories that I couldn’t include. There are so many more amazing women in this history. Maybe I’ll do a sequel, I don’t know. But I really want this to feel like the beginning and not the end.”
– Claire L. Evans to The Verge