|Self Portrait, Vigée Le Brun|
But, numerous famous Frenchwomen (e.g., Coco Chanel) can't be admitted because they weren't on the Left. The number of famous women in France during the Occupation who had admiring German officers as their protectors is a long one. (It even includes Gertrude Stein.)
As an ardent royalist, though, Vigée Le Brun is ineligible for Pantheonization.
There were precious few girl nerds at the time. There was one who programmed a hit arcade game called Centipede for the first video game company, Atari, and a few others. There were, however, extraordinary female figures who served as the impresarios of social networking before there was an internet. It still seems wrong to name them, because it isn't clear if I would be talking about their private lives or their public contributions: I don't know how to draw a line.
These irresistible creatures would sometimes date alpha nerds, but mostly brought the act of socialising into a society where it probably would not have occurred otherwise. A handful of them had an extraordinary, often unpaid degree of influence over what research was done, which companies came to be, who worked at them and what products were developed.
That they are usually undescribed in histories of Silicon Valley is just another instance of what a fiction history can be. The advent of social networking software and oceans of digital memories of bits exchanged between people has only shifted the type of fiction we accept, not the degree of infidelity.
Anybody know who he's talking about?
I'm a complete outsider, so I probably don't know at all. Among public figures, I'd probably guess Esther Dyson (physcist Freeman Dyson's daughter) and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (daughter of Silicon Valley land baron John Arrillaga and wife of web browser inventor / venture capitalist Marc Andreessen), but, presumably, some of the women Lanier are referring to are unknown to nobodies like me.