[SIGCIS-Members] Queens of Code - Stories from NSA's Computing Women

Eileen Buckholtz thequeensofcode at gmail.com
Fri May 29 15:10:41 PDT 2020

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For everyone interested in Women in Computing History

We are excited to share that the Queens of Code’s article “First Encounters
of a Binary Kind,” will be the cover story for the June 2020 issue of the
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Journal.  The anecdote highlights
the stories of a dozen of the National Security Agency’s women computing
pioneers who worked with early computers in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.  The
Queens of Code Project has collected the stories, experiences, and insights
from a number of the 150 women who contributed to early technology
development and the national defense at NSA—a secret they’ve kept for over
50 years.  Thanks to Gerardo Con Diaz, Mar Hicks, and Dave Walden and the
IEEE staff for their encouragement and helping us publish our story.  We
hope our stories will encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM
careers as well as other women who worked in early IT to share their

To hear from some of the Queens of Code, you and your students might like
to sign up for the following online talks.

The Queens of Code will be presenting four talks about NSA’s Computing
Women from the 60s, 70s, and 80s as part of the Cyber Center for Education
& Innovation (CCEI) series on the NEPRIS platform. The programs are free,
NEPRIS registration is required.  The talks are geared to middle and high
school students, but all are welcomed.  Please share this information with
anyone who might be interested.

June 4, 2020, 2:00 PM Meet the Queens of Code.  Eileen Buckholtz and
Maureen McHugh will introduce the Queens of Code and share stories from
their careers in technology at NSA.


June 11, 2020, 2:00 PM PreQueen stories about growing up as “smart girls”
and our experiences with early computers




Talks 3 and 4 will be scheduled later in the summer.

For more information, follow the Queens of Code on


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