Queens of Code is a women’s technology history project which is collecting stories, experiences, and insights from women who worked in information technology at National Security Agency in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Because these women’s jobs were often top secret and they worked on the most sensitive national security programs, they couldn’t discuss what they did; in many cases, they couldn’t even confirm they worked there.
Queens of Code is bringing the NSA’s computing women out of the shadows — allowing them to claim their rightful place in history and the ever-evolving story of how technology has altered America’s position in the world. Much as Hidden Figures did for the women of NASA and Code Girls did for the female code breakers of World War II, this project sheds lights on how women served our nation, created innovations in technology, and expanded women’s career opportunities for the generations that followed. Hopefully the stories will be an inspiration to young women as well as men and encourage them to pursue STEM careers. Over the coming months, we’ll be posting some our stories and our current journey to tell them.