First Memories: Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman shares her memories about her first encounters with computers and the Internet including founding Cybergrrl, Inc. and Webgrrls International. Aliza’s first computer  was the Amstrad 1640. She pays tribute to Stacy Horn, of ECHONYC.

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I asked the members of the Women’s Internet History project provide a minute or more video, reflecting on a story to share about their experiences being women working, participating, contributing to digital and technology, and their early days of the internet prior to the year 2000.

Stacy Horn

Why did you first get online? 1982. I was working in telecommunications and I came across what were then called electronic bulletin boards systems, aka BBS’s. I explored them for a while, but they were filled with teenage boys, and while they were occasionally charming in a “Big Bang Theory” way, they weren’t places I wanted to keep coming back …

Design of Relational Database

This is a relational database with a web site interface. The platform will display bios and contributions and historical timeline. It will also overlap current events, women’s history and internet history from 1980-1999 onto the biographies.

Gabrielle Shannon

Why did you first get online? Some time in early 1994. Didn’t do much for me in the early days, but Kyle (my husband) seemed excited about it. When did you first get involved with digital and why? In the early summer of 1994, Kyle and I took a 2 week vacation to the mountains of Pennsylvania and he brought …

Margaret Bates

Why did you first get online? I used an intranet at Citibank as a VP in the Humanware department, from 1989 to 1991; at Downtown Digital, in the early 90’s, I used AOL. When did you first get involved with digital and why? My first involvement with digital was producing computer-assisted video discs in the 80’s.  One project was for …


Why did you first get online? 1985 on a Hayes Smartmodem. Soon after, I joined an Amiga Users Group at Yale University and became a frequent contributor to their BBS. My passion for computing drove me to create digital animation and video art, MIDI music recordings and live performances, and to publish a series of communications as well as mouse-drawn …