Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
Last year, we took this opportunity to collect into one place some of our favorite recent Atlantic Tech pieces covering gender and technology. This year we thought, heck, let's make a tradition of it.
So here you are, a list with a little bit of everything—history and current affairs, serious essays and funny riffs, infuriating sexism and signs of progress. This collection is not exhaustive (nor is it in any particular order), and if we left off anything memorable, please do let us know. We hope you enjoy your reading.
A look at the memo, and what it meant to one of IBM's female employees of the time.
Tired of pulling your hair out at yet another conference line-up devoid of women? Here's an idea. (And, please, read the follow-up too, which discusses the idea in a bit more detail.)
Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers ... and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs.
Straight from the pages of yours truly, The Atlantic.
Remembering Ruth Benerito, chemist and inventor, responsible for minimizing the drudgery of ironing for many a harried housewife with wrinkle-resistant cotton.
A pair of developers launched an app called "TitStare" at 2013's TechCrunch Disrupt. So we wrote a poem about it.
Sometimes the best thing for the women who attend tech conferences is the tellingly short line for the ladies' room.
After the Pentagon's ending of its women-in-combat ban, we also expressed hope that the decision might mark the end of "pink it and shrink it" approaches to women-marketed weaponry.
After the Pentagon announced its decision to end its ban on women-in-combat, we considered the ways that technological advances have made it easier than ever for women to join the front lines.
Wedding announcements reflect changing gender roles. A new website used dating-mining techniques to explore the changes.
The doll, apparently, "inspires girls to be adventurous and to always reach for the stars!"
When it comes to drones, men are from Mars and women are from some other planet not named after the Roman God of perpetual war.
A critical look at a study that claims to identify the times of the week when women feel the most insecure about their bodies, and recommends that brands "concentrate media during prime vulnerability moments."
How Etsy quintupled the number of women on its engineering staff, and made other gains in the process.
An interview with Intel researcher Genevieve Bell
A portrait from UNESCO shows where women are well represented among employed scientists, and where they are rare.