Women in Tech: Then and Now
Online webinar Jan 14, 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Los Altos History Museum
The presentation will focus on key technologies that advanced the progress of computing, the women who played roles in these advances and the status of their careers today. A panel of women technologists will discuss their experiences in the field and challenges they overcame.
Nomi Trapnell, who was a female pioneer in software engineering and management, will lead the presentation, based on her work as a docent at the Computer History Museum. Since the 1960s, Nomi worked in software product development for several top Silicon Valley computer companies, including Hewlett-Packard, ROLM, IBM, Tandem, and IBM, and retired in 2007.
“In the 1970s, there were a lot more women in the computer science field, but those numbers steadily declined beginning in the 80s as high tech became viewed more as a man’s field,” she said. “This webinar will address the ways women’s contributions have largely been ignored, and current efforts to attract more young women to STEM careers.”
Image courtesy Los Altos History Museum