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Claire L. Evans Presents BROAD BAND in conversation with Emily Yoshida

    03/06/2018 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn store.

    The history of technology that you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers. But from the very first computer programmer in 1842 through the cyberpunk era of the 90s, female visionaries have been instrumental to every major computing wave leading to the Web we use today. In Broad Band, technology reporter Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female pioneers their due with her insightful social history. You’ll meet:

    • Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842.
    • Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II.
    • Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, the librarian from West Virginia who became the earliest internet’s administrator, a one-woman Google who kept the network online.
    • Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out her New York City apartment in the 1980s.
    • Jaime Levy, the self-proclaimed “biggest bitch in Silicon Alley”, creator of the popular electronic magazines Cyber Rag and Electronic Hollywood, loaded on floppy disks.

    Broad Band shines a light on the bright minds history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore. Claire and Emily Yoshida, film critic for Vulture and New York Magazine, will discuss these incredible creators and their influence on our lives as WORD celebrates Women's History Month. 


    Claire L. Evans is the founding editor of Terraform, VICE's science-fiction vertical, the former futures editor of Motherboard, and a contributor to VICE, The Guardian, WIRED, and Aeon; previously, she was a contributor to Grantland and wrote National Geographic's popular culture and science blog, Universe. She is the singer and coauthor of the pop group YACHT. She is an advisor to design students at Art Center College of Design and a member of the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab. She lives in Los Angeles. 

    Please note there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased in advance or at the door. The voucher is good towards anything in store at WORD, including Broad Band. 

    Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780735211759
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Portfolio - March 6th, 2018

    If you loved Hidden Figures or The Rise of the Rocket Girls, you'll love Claire Evans' breakthrough book on the women who brought you the internet--written out of history, until now.

    SKU: evansvoucher

    $5 admission to see Claire L. Evans on Tuesday, March 6th 2018 at WORD Bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including Claire's new book!