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Ubiquity: 2002 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing lblum@cs.cmu.edu 1

Summary: Ubiquity: 2002 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
lblum@cs.cmu.edu 1
FROM BITS TO BOTS: Women Everywhere, Leading the Way
Lenore Blum; Anastassia Ailamaki, Manuela Veloso, Sonya Allin, M. Bernardine Dias,
Ariadna Font Llitjós; Jeannette Wing, Carol Frieze, Katia Sycara
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
There has been much discussion about the "problem" of few women in computing and
the incredible shrinking pipeline. In her keynote address at the Y2K Grace Hopper
Celebration, Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, cited well known
confirming statistics. Yet one of the most stunning experiences of participating in a Grace
Hopper conference is seeing incredible women everywhere, charting new directions and
leading the way. Does one have to attend such a conference to experience this
The theme of our proposed session is: ubiquity of computing is closely linked to the
ubiquity of women in computing. Indeed, for computing to have great impact and yield
wide benefit in both obvious and non-obvious ways, it is critical to bring diverse
perspectives to the table. Moreover, as computing becomes even more ubiquitous, more
women will be attracted to the field.
In this two part session, we plan to demonstrate how this symbiosis can be harnessed to


Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


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