Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
With a continued push for more STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) education in schools, learning about the creators of technology we rely on certainly puts things in perspective. Evans started researching her book soon after Snowden and the NSA affair. She begins with Ada Lovelace (the "first programmer") who wrote mathematical poetry for Charles Baggage's Analytical Machine. Evans tells tale of the original computers, not machines, but women hired to do the long math so the men do the hard thinking. Those human computers became the code writers that ran the machines. Women were behind the scenes, pulling the strings and punching the cards to give us the machines we now take for granted. If you want to find fierce women creating the building blocks for our modern life this is a great read.