Including diverse experts and thought leaders is essential to informing the design of effective, inclusive technology policy. Sourcelist aims to integrate the voices and perspectives of women and underrepresented genders in mission-critical technology policy conversations. Sourcelist is an open directory that seeks to help in the last mile of efforts to promote greater gender diversity; it is a resource for those looking to put good intention into practice. Not on the list? Add your name here.
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Military science and technology have a longstanding culture of hypermasculinity. An extended pattern of deliberate omissions has obscured the critical contributions of trailblazing women. Images of women in roles as nurses, secretaries, telephone operators, and defense plant workers frequently eclipse their scientific contributions and pathbreaking discoveries that, for decades, have advanced the field of military science. Historical annals often overlook the legion of exceptionally talented women who worked as nuclear physicists, chemists, mathematicians, and engineers on groundbreaking technological ventures like the Manhattan Project, a multinational effort to create the world’s first nuclear weapons.
Military technologists and scientists are the vanguards of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons development, driverless vehicles, drones, and other cutting-edge technologies. This includes a diverse cast of Women+ who have been fervently advancing the field through scientific research, battlefield engagement, and leadership. Take Dr. Mary “Missy” Cummings, a former naval officer and fighter pilot who now serves as the director of Duke University’s Humans and Autonomy Lab, a research center that focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems with embedded autonomy. Looking to the future, we can expect Women+, like Dr. Cummings, to continue their established tradition of innovation, chart innovative career paths, and inspire future generations.
Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory.
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