Learning from History: Why Discrimination Against Women Destroyed British Computing

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

Objective: Guidance
Audience Level: All
Session Type: Presentation

Early on, Britain led the world in electronic computing. Yet within 30 years its computer industry had imploded. As Britain struggled to computerize, it discarded the majority of its trained technical workforce, simply because they were women. The British case shows the mechanisms of structural discrimination by which nations undercut their own prosperity, and holds valuable lessons for the US today.


, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison