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Rendering History: The Women of Acm-W

Gloria Childress Townsend

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has more than 100,000 members circling the globe, including trailblazing women who created ACM-W (ACM's Committee on Women in Computing) in 1993. This book, published in celebration of ACM-W's 30th birthday, divides the history of ACM-W into three parts.

The first section provides a traditional history that details the evolution of ACM-W's projects. In the next section, Rendering History allows the women of ACM-W to tell their own stories. What motivated them to trade personal time and energy for work that would change the face of computing for women and young girls? Among many others, Sue Black relates a story that spans her escape from two abusive homes to recognition for her computing accomplishments by both the late Queen of England and the current King. Kathy Kleiman describes her contributions to the field, including helping to rescue the wireless spectrum (now used by WiFi) from the (US) Federal Communications Commission's plan to sell it. Bhavani Thuraisingham writes about her birth in Sri Lanka, an arranged marriage to a man eight years her senior, and cutting-edge research in the integration of cyber security and machine learning. The final section of the book provides an annotated bibliography of the research that launched ACM-W and continued to inform its projects over the next 30 years.

ACM-W advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. The main theme of ACM-W's 30-year history as detailed in this book is the organization's maturation from a US-centric organization to a global leader in supporting the advancement of women in computer science.

Book Details

  • Publisher: ACM Books
  • Publish Date: Apr 10th, 2024
  • Pages: 478
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.25in - 7.50in - 1.06in - 2.27lb
  • EAN: 9798400717741
  • Categories: HistoryWomen

About the Author

Townsend, Gloria Childress: -

Gloria Childress Townsend, Professor and Chair of Computer Science, has taught Computer Science at DePauw University for 44 years and chaired her department for nine of those years. She founded ACM Celebrations and chaired the ACM-W Chapters project, during her 17-year tenure with ACM's Council on Women in Computing. Both ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) and her graduate school, Indiana University Bloomington's School of Informatics, awarded Townsend their Lifetime Service Awards for this work.

Townsend's research interests include evolu-tionary computation and broadening participation in computing. She collaborated with biologists and a mathematician as a Co-Principal Investigator in a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the Division of Environmental Biology. Townsend's contribution, simulations based on evolutionary computation methods, advanced the research group's publica-tions. She also served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for a Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) NSF grant that recruited, retained, and supported first-generation students. Later, as PI for a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) NSF grant, Townsend launched 12 ACM Celebrations (US-based regional conferences for women in computing), which later spread to Serbia, Chile, Ukraine, Canada, The Philippines, Pakistan, Ireland, Turkey, Spain, Azerbaijan, and India, to name a few.