Elsie Shutt ( born 1928) is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who founded Computations Incorporated (CompInc) in 1957 when she was not permitted to work part-time at home after she became pregnant. Shutt was notably one of the first women to start a software business not only in the United States but the entire world.
- And they asked if I would be willing to work on that, but it was much too big a job for me to do by myself. And the other women I had worked with had young children, including Elaine, Barbara Wade, Anne Kirby (ph). I mean, there were a number of them and I said we can work on this
- “I think if there have been fewer women than men in computing, it’s because they’ve been discouraged back at the education level from majoring in math, or engineering, or computer science.”
- “Go after it! Don’t be afraid to major in something in college that will lead you to this.”
- It really amazed me that these men were programmers because I thought it was women’s work!