AtariWomen.org is part of the larger research program Femtech.dk dedicated to study and make interventions increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science. FemTech.dk was initiated in 2016 and in 2022 the book Diversity in Computer Science – Design and Artefacts for Equity and Inclusion, was published on Springer by Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco and Valeria Borsotti. The book is open access and available free online.
Women sent the first computer into space and programmed some of the 1970’s most iconic computer games. Nevertheless, women are invisible in both the history and culture of computer science. Professor Pernille Bjørn wants to change all that, and in doing so, promote increased diversity in the tech world. On March 8, Professor Bjørn will receive the SCIENCE Dissemination Award for her work highlighting women in computer science. READ more here:
Intertextual design: the hidden stories of Atari women – by Pernille Bjørn and Daniela Rosner – published in the Human Computer Interaction Journal – if you cannot access, please email the authors to get a copy!
The culture of computer games is perceived by many as predominantly male, but did you know that world’s first eSports champion was a woman? And that some of the first and most popular computer games were developed by women? DIKU’s Professor Pernille Bjørn aims to rewrite the history of gaming by including hidden stories about women’s important contributions. Article on DIKUNews.
Did you know that only around 15% of Wikipedia editors are women? Or that biographies on the encyclopedia tend to focus on different topics, depending on the gender of the person? Learn more in the DIKU Virtual Wiki Edit-a-thon and be part of the change!
To celebrate the international women day on Sunday March 8th 2020, Professor Pernille Bjørn was invited by Techtopia Henrik Føhns to talk about Atariwomen. The program will be on Radio4, Sunday March 8th 2020, 13:05 and is also available as a podcast on Techtopia afterwards.
In December 2019, AtariWomen was presented as part of the colloquium series at Indiana University introduced by Nathan Esmenger (the author of the famous book “The Computer Boys take over”). It was a great experience. Organised by Christina Chung.