Finding Faith with Systers

by Malveeka Tewari

Malveeka Tewari

Malveeka Tewari

I am a fourth year graduate student in Computer Science and it amazes me that something that began as a fling with CS during my undergrad has now transformed into my passion and my career. For an undergraduate degree in India, people are “assigned” majors based on their rank in an entrance exam. When I was admitted to my undergraduate college in 2005, my assigned major was Electronics Engg. However, at the end of my first year, I performed quite well in the introductory courses and based on my good performance I was given a chance to pursue any major that I wanted. I could choose any major I wanted Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Architecture anything. I had studied Computer Science as a subject during high school. It was the one major that I felt most confident about and with that I decided to change my major to Computer Science.
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Dare to try!

By Anna Senarclens de Grancy

Anna Senarclens de Grancy

Anna Senarclens de Grancy

Do you know the story of an important job to be done, where everybody was sure that somebody would do it? In the end, everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done.

This is my story of how I did what anybody could have done but not everybody would. I dared to try something new and found out that with a little bit of guts, some luck and support from people like Systers you can do almost anything.
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In Systerhood – Lending a global hand

By  Rose Robinson

Rose Robinson

Rose Robinson


In 2000, my entire team was laid off. It left me upset and frustrated because I was left to pick up all the pieces. I was finally laid-off in 2002. Fortunately the company took care of those who they laid off so I was very fortunate that at least I had the financial support and other job hunting services to find my next position. I decided to go back to school for my graduate degree. I finished my degree in 2004, but thought I should be learning another programming language to keep up with the times, which one do I tackle.
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It’s the Little Things

By Wendy Rannenberg

Wendy Rannenberg

Wendy Rannenberg

Throughout our lives many of us dream of big things, becoming a C-level executive, to be a founder of a wildly successful company, to serve as a white house advisor, of hiking Mt. Everest or the Appalachian trail, or perhaps of being an inventor of great things or a tenured professor. I became a successful engineer. Along the way, I have learned, many times over, that in reality, it is indeed the small things that have the biggest impact.
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The Power of Community

By Patty Lopez

Patty Lopez

Patty Lopez


I attended my first GHC Celebration in 2006 and immediately realized what was missing in my workplace. As one of the few technical women and as a Latina, I felt isolated both by gender and ethnicity. By fate or serendipity, I attended a GHC Birds of a Feather session, Latinas in Engineering, moderated by Gilda Garreton, Dilma da Silva, and Cecilia Aragon. We pulled our chairs into a circle and shared our stories. Afterward, Raquel Romano collected email addresses so that we could keep in touch. Post-conference, six of us kept in touch as we looked for way to stay connected. The Anita Borg Institute graciously offered to host us under the Systers community. Thus, Latinas in Computing was born!
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Systerhood and Feminism

By Ellen Spertus

Ellen Spertus

Ellen Spertus

Although I’m a computer science professor at a women’s college and have been an advocate for women in computing for more than twenty years, I wasn’t always a feminist. I used to be a male-identified misogynist. My transformation occurred because of, and on, Systers.
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The Journey with Mentors and Friends

By Karen Han

Karen Han

Karen Han


Looking back on how I started out, I appreciate how far I’ve come and am excited about the journey ahead. It was late spring my junior year in college and I was anxious because everyone seemed to have a summer internship but me. When I felt like it was too late for me, I lucked out with an internship with the Institute for Women in Technology (now known as the Anita Borg Institute). My job was to help maintain and enhance the infrastructure for Systers, an online global community of 3,000+ women technologists.

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3600 of my closest online friends

by Robin Jeffries

Robin Jeffries

Robin Jeffries


I am Her Systers’ Keeper, the lead cat herder for Systers, the oldest (this is our 25th anniversary) and probably the largest (did I mention there were 3600 of us?) online community for technical women, founded by Anita Borg in 1987 . I joined Systers in 1990, after hearing from my women friends about the compelling discussions going on there. I wasn’t sure it would be welcoming of me, as someone doing research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); I had BS in Computer Science and Math, but I’d gone on to get a PhD in Psychology, as a way to understand the “human” side of computing. I was about as far from the “systems” origins of Systers as could be. But Anita accepted me into the group.
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