Marie Hicks
Historian & Author

I'm a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe. I research how gender and sexuality change what we think we know about technological progress and the global "computer revolution." My current book, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing, is out from MIT Press (January 2017). It investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. Most importantly, it shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States. Find it on Amazon, or order it through your local independent bookseller.

The book has been described as "one of the best researched and most compelling examples of the negative impact of gender and class discrimination on a country's economy," by Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College. Margot Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, has called it an "important lesson for scholars and policymakers seeking ways to improve inclusion in STEM fields."

In addition to writing and doing research, I am currently an assistant professor of history of technology at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.

You can reach me by email, read my articles, look at the classes I teach, or listen to the 10-minute version of what I work on in this NPR interview. You can also see what my students are up to by visiting the Digital History Lab at Illinois Institute of Technology.

About the site's header image: Andrina Wood, an early British computer expert, went around the world training people how to use and program early computers. She is shown here in 1958, sitting at the console of a BTM computer.

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