Tery Spataro shares her memories of getting online, learning to code, and developing her first corporate website, for Reebok in 1995. She gives praise to the women and some men that inspired her, had the patience to teach her and believed in her. Among the people she is grateful for helping her along the way is Caroline Kavanagh, Jerry Nevins, Courtney Pulitzer, Brenda Goodell, Marvin Chow, Kathy Driscoll, Stacy Horn, and Aliza Sherman.
The Women’s Internet History Project is about honoring the women who were inspired by digital, technology and internet, got involved in the early days to bring it to life. WIHP is also about our connections to each and how we helped each other.
The inception of the project began as a problem solving exercise on digital memorials between Aliza Sherman and Tery Spataro. As the conceptualization progressed, both recognized an issue with lack of historical acknowledgement and recognition of women who were responsible for creating purpose and usage of the internet. The solution was a process to leveraging the strength in technology to build a viable means for the stories of those women involved in the purpose and usage of the Internet and digital. Realizing the project needed format for story telling, Aliza brought Jen Myronuk into our discussions. Jen’s experience in documenting stories brings to the project a structure and organization to information and story telling.
The strength of producing WIHP lies in the experience, skills and talents provided by WIHP founders. This team has a combination of operations, financial oversight, marketing, documentary film making, and community cultivation.