Books women in computer science

Book: Brotopia

brotopia.jpgI ordered Brotopia (Amazon) after reading an extract I’d been quoted in. It was pretty interesting, and I appreciated the way that it tied together the things that I knew – and the things that I didn’t. It was pretty fascinating to read about the early Google culture, after experiencing first hand how far away things had gone from the initial focus on hiring women and enabling them to succeed.

The book captures the history of Silicon Valley (it’s pretty US-centric), including things like the PayPal Mafia – how they met, what they went on to do, how their opinions have evolved (or not). But it also captures the current zeitgeist that’s forcing some change. Parts of it were confronting, but I finished it with a sense of optimism. Worth a read.