'Broad Band' Author Claire L. Evans On Women's Impact On Technology

Writer, musician, and author Claire L. Evans says the Internet has a feminist history.

“Women invented the mechanisms that set forward the development of programming from a brute operation to an art form.” The author of “Board Band explained. “There is nothing inherently about a computer. A Computer is a machine. It’s just something that pushes symbols around. There’s lots of incredible punks and funny geniuses and pioneers and innovators and technologists and coders and gamers and really all kinds of amazing women who contributed to the development of computing. Some of my favorites include Ada Lovelace, who was the daughter of a romantic poet. She wrote the first computer programs before the invention of the computer. Grace Hopper who pioneered the concept of automatic programming and was one of the earliest computer programmers during World War II. Jake Feinler. She was like essentially the air traffic control person for the entire early Internet in the ‘70s. I mean the list goes on. They’re all amazing.”

Evans wrote the book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet.

"I felt this book needed to exist beyond anything else. I am a person who grew up online. I consider myself to be a net native. I always thought that the Internet was my country and I got to a point a couple of years ago where I felt like maybe as a woman online I wasn’t sure exactly what my role was, where I belonged, or if I was welcome. The Internet is the most important force in our world. It’s something that is defining the rise and fall of nations as we speak. It’s something that is intensely entangled with all of life and it’s very important for us all to feel at home in it and welcome in it.”