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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRecords of Women into Computing
Ref No6WIC
Box Fetch NoBox 01-04; Box 01 (accrual); PC 6.8
Extent7.5 A boxes and 2 OS items
Admin Biographical HistoryWomen into Computing (WiC) (1987-2005) was a national organisation committed to encouraging more women to participate in computing education, to take up work in the computing industry and to be involved with professional bodies. From its conception in 1987, WiC was run by its members, who were drawn from UK University Computer Science departments. It was created in response to falling numbers of female entrants into computer science, and to support those few women working in computer science. Several events were organised by WiC during the period 1987-2005. These ranged from workshops to encourage girls to choose computing to academic conferences with international contributors. Conferences covered subjects such as the need for mentoring, networking and equality provision, feminist responses to science, engineering and technology. The WiC steering committee also acted as a lobbying group, seeking to make change in policy and practise in education and the computing industry. WiC ceased to exist in 2005.
DescriptionThe archive consists of papers relating to Women into Computing (WiC) conferences (1988-2005), minutes (1998-2002), and correspondence relating to WiC's lobbying activities in the field of women and computer science. WiC was formed in Nov 1987, as a pressure group to increase the number of women pursuing profitable careers in computing.
The archive contains WiC Conference 2005 organising papers (minutes, agendas, associated materials); correspondence with the British Computer Society (BCS) and with the Conference of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC); minutes of WiC steering committee meetings & Annual General Meetings (1998-2002); related WiC committee papers; a paper copy of the WiC web pages (removed as of Jan 2006); notes and slides relating to the Edinburgh Workshops - computing workshops for girls held at Heriot-Watt University; and papers of other related initiatives of the period (for example, Women in IT and AWISE).
Useful abbreviations -
* British Computer Society (BCS)
* Women in Information Technology Foundation (WIT)
* Conference of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC)
Related MaterialThe Women's Library Printed Collections also holds publicaitons by WiC.
The USA Internet Archive preserved 'snapshots' of the WIC website from 2001-2005 (their website address was
As at 2009 this could be viewed via the Internet Archive
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is partially available for research. The catalogued portion of the collection is available for research. Uncatalogued archives are not usually available for general consultation, but it may be possible to provide some level of access by prior arrangement.
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