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

Jonathan Coopersmith j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Fri Sep 10 19:41:15 PDT 2021

There are other stories about other women unable to meet with professors
and other professionals because their clubs banned women -- e.g. Anna G.
Perkins, *Yale Needs Women*.

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On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 4:15 PM Ellen Spertus <spertus at mills.edu> wrote:

> 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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