[SIGCIS-Members] Question about early female architect barred from men's club

Ellen Spertus spertus at mills.edu
Fri Sep 10 14:14:46 PDT 2021


Thanks so much, Len. IIRC, this would have been in the 40s or 50s. I'm
sorry I can't remember more.

On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 6:19 PM Len Shustek <len at shustek.com> wrote:

> At 09:08 PM 9/8/2021, Ellen Spertus wrote:
> >Back in the 1990s I attended a Systers lunch at an
> >architecture-related conference, maybe ASPLOS-V (1992, Boston). Gwen
> >Bell told us about a female computer architect who worked for one of
> >the first computer firms until she was unable to attend a meeting
> >with a client because the club/restaurant only allowed men, after
> >which she was fired. Do any of you know the full story (or can you
> >ask Gwen Bell)?
>
> We asked Gwen, and she doesn't remember.
> I also asked Lynn Conway, who was fired by IBM in the 60s. She said
> it isn't her, but if it is a true story she'd like to know who it was.
> -- Len
>
>
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