The history of the Internet is more than just alpha nerds, brogrammers, and garage-to-riches male billionaires. The true history of the Internet is a female. Female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation, but they've been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don't even realize. VICE report Claire L. Evans finally gives these female technologists their due. In a world where tech companies are still male-dominated and women are often dissuaded from STEM careers, Board Band shines a much-needed light on the bright minds history forgot, from pioneering database pets, data wranglers, and hypertext dreamers to glass-ceiling-shattering-dot-com-era entrepreneurs. Get to know Ada Lovelace, who wove the first computer program in 1842, and Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing after World War ll. Meet Elizabeth "Jake" Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, the New York cyberpunk who founded one of the world's earliest social networks, Echo. In this electrifying corrective to tech history, Evans introduces all to our long-overlooked tech mothers and grandmothers, upending the notion that tech history belongs to the boy's club of Silicon Valley.History of the One Book ProjectThe program began in 2001 through the grassroots efforts of Jillian Fritch, an elementary school teacher who had read a story in the Los Angeles Times regarding One Book, One Community initiatives; at the time Seattle Reads and One Book Chicago were pioneers, and Los Angeles had decided to do a One Book project. Jillian was inspired to begin a project in Bakersfield. The first book was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” An array of community partners jumped on board, including education, nonprofits, local government, businesses, and media outlets. The Kern County Library became the lead organization in 2003. Now, the One Book Project continues to reach out to our diverse Kern County community both in book choice and related programming. In 2010, the One Book Project began a partnership with California State University, Bakersfield’s “Runner Reader Program” (or First-Year Experience Program), which involves students reading a common book. Through this partnership, the community has benefited extended programming, including author visits and talks at CSUB at the culmination of the read. In November 2011, more than 1,400 people turned out to hear author Wes Moore speak about his book, “The Other Wes Moore.” One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern remains a grassroots project that relies on community partners and donations to provide related programming and copies of the book throughout the county.
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