Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet – By Claire L. Evans


Goodreads Synopsis: Women are not ancillary to the history of technology; they turn up at the very beginning of every important wave. But they’ve often been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don’t even realize.

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. Learn from Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842. Seek inspiration from Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II. Meet 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. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can’t imagine life without.

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This was such a fun book to read! Like I’ve mentioned before I have some lacking knowledge in science, which is why I’ve been loving the Science & Technology section of the Goodreads Awards. I can always find something that I enjoy and learn lots.

Anyway, I was incredibly fascinated by all of the women Evans wrote about. Every time I finished a chapter all I wanted was to be able to see a movie about the women. It was so inspiring.

For me the first half of the book was definitely the strongest. The second half was a little less interesting, but I was still hooked. This is a book I would love to own and have around for when I have kids who could read. It’s also one of those books that would be a great springboard into other books about the women. I would really love to find biographies on Ada Lovelace and Grace Hooper, so you if know of any good books let me know!

In the end I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads, though it’s honestly it should be a 3.5 star.

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