The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a network of professionals in computing. Inclusive since it’s founding in 1947, the organization strives for diversity. The ACM-W aptly defines this as:
ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical womenACM-W, ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing
This role is particularly special as Ruth is the second ever ACM-W chair from Europe. It has been 20 years since the ACM-W had a chair from Europe and much has changed in that time. The organization has grown with membership of over 110,000 computing professionals across a diverse range of jobs. In the role of ACM-W chair, Ruth will build on work of previous chairs focusing on policy for scaling and the tight integration of all regional efforts. The role, which commences in July 2022, will presents new challenges and opportunities for paving a new path for diversity in computing and related fields.