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Sensibilisation 2020. Littérature féministe pour les

(English version only)

Feminist Literature for Computer Scientists

We started a list of literature that treats feminist topics with regards to computer science. This includes anything about important women in the field, sexism arising in particular in this area, industry related or research related. A dynamic version of this list, where you can add entries and comments, can be found here.

So far, we were able to collect the following reading recommandations.
IRISA bought some of the books and we propose the possibility to loan them to you if you are interested.
More information can be found below.
Furthermore, there is a reading circle organized by young researches open to PhD students and Postdocs
to read books on this topic and discuss them together.
For more information, see the separate page here.

Literature (targeting Computer Science)

Title Author Language Category Availability
Cracking the Digital Ceiling Carol Frieze, Jeria L. Quesenberry English Scientific book Yes
Invisible Women Caroline Criado Perez English Scientific book Yes
The Friendship Code #1 Stacia Deutsch English Children book Yes
Gender, Ethics and Information Technology Alison Adam English Scientific book
L’enjeu de mixité dans l’orientation vers les métiers du numérique Florence Thiault, Laure Bolka-Tabary French Scientific paper link
Les oubliées du numérique Isabelle Collet French Essay Yes
Unlocking the clubhouse – Women in computing Jane Margolis, Allan Fischer English Essay Yes
How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women Carol Frieze, Jeria L. Quesenberry English Scientific paper link
The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club Eileen Pollack English Book Yes
Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level Thara Wheeler English Book Yes
Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley Emily Chang English Book Yes
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Claire L. Evans English Book Yes
Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age Kurt. W. Beyer English Book Yes
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer Sydney Padua English Comic Yes
A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences : How to Measure It, How to Reduce It? Guillopé, Colette and Roy, Marie-Françoise English Book link
Code Girls Liza Mundy English Book Yes
Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing Janet Abbate English Book Yes

General Literature

Title Author Language Category Availability
Femme à bord REPTILIAN French Comic link
Deux en une Kat-chan French Comic link
Plafond de verre Emilie TOSELLO French Comic link
The Matilda Effect Ellie Irving English (available in French) Children book Yes
La ligue des super féministes Mirion Malle French (available in English) Children book
La princesse et le dragon Robert Munsch French Children book
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Dava Sobel English Book Yes
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly English Book Yes
The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science Julie des Jardins English Book Yes
Gallagher Girls book series (saga Gallagher Academy) Ally Carter English (available in French) Children book
Persefone book series (saga Expérience Noa Torson) Michelle Gagnon English (available in French) Children book
Gamer (série) Pierre-Yves Villeneuve French (Canadian) Book
Philosophy of Science after Feminism Janet A. Kourany English Book Yes
On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional life Sara Ahmed English Essay Yes
Sexism at the Centre: Locating the Problem of Sexual Harassment Leila Whitley, Tiffany Page English Scientific paper link
The Future of Science Is Female: The Brilliant Minds Shaping the 21st Century Zara Stone English Book Yes


  • Scientific paper
  • Scientific book
  • Essay
  • Novel
  • Biography
  • Children book

How to borrow a book?

We offer the possiblity to borrow the books that we have at IRISA.
If you are interested in any of the books whose availibility is marked with ‘yes’, please contact us by e-mail.
If you are interested in a book that is currently marked with ‘borrowed’, you can write us as well and you will be put on a waiting list.
We don’t give you a deadline for giving the book back, but we ask you to hand it back as soon as you finished reading it, so that other people can enjoy this book as well.

Last modification: 30 September 2021