Correspondence between Women into Computing and the British Computer Society

Scope and Content

Includes -

15 Jun 1993 - Letter from Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) to Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the The British Computer Society) enclosing a Catalogued Policy Statement on Women for the British Computer Society

8 Jul 1993 - Letter form Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) to Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) thanking her for the Catalogued policy statement on Women for the British Computer Society and making some minor adjustments to the policy prior to consideration by the Policy and Resources Committee

3 Aug 1993 - Letter form Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) to Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) informing her that the Policy Statement on Women will be submitted to the Policy and Resource Committee for consideration on 10 Aug 1993

19 Aug 1993 - Letter form Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) to Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) that general approval had been given to the Policy Statement on Women apart from the section about part- time employees which had been removed."There was a concern to decouple the matter of part-time workers from the gender issue."

7 Jan 1994 - Letter from Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) to Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) enquiring about the progress of the policy statement on women.

17 Jan 1994 - Letter from Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the The British Computer Society) to Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) reporting that the policy statement will be put to the attention of Council when it meets in Feb 1994

28 Feb 1994 - copy of memorandum form Ron McQuaker to Dennis Blackwell, asking about the possibility of adding a codicil to the Code of Conduct concerning discrimination, not only against women.

2 May 1994 - Letter from Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) to Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) saying that Women into Computing were pleased that the British Computer Society had passed the Policy Statement on Women and that they would be interested in seeing some of the statistics mentioned in the policy statement.

12 May 1994 - Letter from Gavin Kirkpatrick (Chief Executive of the British Computer Society) to Frances Grundy (Deputy Chair of Women into Computing) stating that he will arrange for statistics to be produced that show the membership by grade and gender. Also mentions that the British Computer Society has appointed Dorothy Cassells as Director of Marketing and Public Affairs

1994 - Newsletter article written by Frances Grundy for the British Computer Society Autumn Midlands Computing Newsletter in which she urges members to get women members to get involved and stand for positions on the Council

Oct 1994 - Extract of article from the Computer Bulletin, written by Rita Leech, Chair of the British Computer Society Kingston Branch in which she questions the use of the new Policy Statement on Women. 'As a policy statement it cannot be faulted for political correctness. As a tool for the empowerment of women it is about as useful as a parasol in a hurricane.'

27 Jun 1998 - report of meeting between Janet Stack and Frances Grundy from WiC and Andrew Wilkes of the British Computer Society, about forging closer links between the two groups

1999 - copy of article published in Computer Weekly, about the efforts of WiC to make the BCS address the issue of the shortage of women working in computing and studying computing at University.

13 Jul 2001 - Copy of email from Eva Turner to Frances Grundy, thanking her for sending copies of the correspondence that she found fascinating and that she 'hopes this final push will complete the process.'

16 Jul 2001- Letter to Judith Scott, Chief Executive of the British Computer Society ( BCS) from E Turner, on behalf of Women into Computing (WiC) to suggest ways in which the participation of women in the British Computer Society (BCS) could be increased .

24 Jul 2001 - Letter from Judith Scott to Dr Frances Grundy, (Chair of Women into Computing) defending the work that the British Computer Society has done to promote the role of women within the organisation.