Infinite Women – A Poem by Ana lewis

 

 

by Ana Lewis

 

infinite women
by Ana Lewis

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sharing recipes

across the airwaves

military wives discovered

the heart of the Internet

 

sired by men

but nurtured by women

the Internet opened

its baby eyes

 

its first words

were a dial tone

a black screen

white letters

and still, women saw

its vibrant possibilities

 

young, brilliant men

received the accolades

so young, they couldn’t rent a car

designers of the protocols and architecture

we still use daily

 

and since the beginning

women fostered its growth

unsung (s)heroes such as:

Ada Lovelace

Grace Hopper

Jaime Levy

learned how to build, utilize

and make useful

what we now regard as

our normal existence

 

Through:

design

sharing

programming

communicating

uniting

learning

promoting

supporting

community

organizing information

 

women made and

continue to make their presence felt

and heard

women are now the majority

of social media

women started social media

 

we can now work from anywhere

we can use our knowledge of technology

to narrow the pay gap

we can now make up 100%

of the Co-Op Web staff

 

we use the Internet

to communicate daily

we use the Internet to care

for our customers

we use the Internet

to reach out

unafraid,

vulnerable,

to our sisters online

 

we are building and living

what we want

to communicate:

an inclusive

kind

supportive

borderless

society

 

there’s room for us all

let’s connect and continue to grow

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Special thank you to the women at Co-Op Web, Inc: Ursula Osteen, Nora Canon, MJ Ali, Shannon Franklin, Abigail Edwards and Dena Whitebirch.

Resources:

The Women Who Made The Internet

https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-women-who-made-the-internet/

For Women in Tech, Pay Gap is Unusually Small

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/upshot/flexibility-is-the-reason-for-a-smaller-pay-gap-in-tech-work.html

The Internet Hall of Fame
https://internethalloffame.org

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