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

Mar Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Fri May 29 15:39:26 PDT 2020

Congratulations, Eileen! So glad to see this in print.



Mar Hicks
Associate Professor
History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | marhicks.com | @histoftech
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

On May 29, 2020, at 5:10 PM, Eileen Buckholtz <thequeensofcode at gmail.com> wrote:

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 experiences.

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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