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Life Without Ceilings by Mary L. Gorden – A Scientific Memoir

Mary Gorden grew up with dreams of becoming an astronaut and the scientist. But growing up during the 50s and the 60s, she was still subjected to the attitudes of women in the workplace back in the day. But this is the story of Mary, as she made her way to Washington, D.C., armed with a degree in mathematics and looking for her first programming job. Mary Gorden recounts her years in management and marriage, her passions, and the evolution of computing – from punched cards to the beginnings of the Internet, all the while mapping the opportunities that paved the way for women to change and grow.




Our Summary

Life Without Ceilings is a scientific memoir by Mary Gorden. It recounts her years growing up in an age when there were still negative attitudes about women in the workplace, and how she overcame all of these and built a successful career in programming and management. Fans of Once We All Had Gills and Isaac Asimov’s autobiography will love this academic memoir that will keep you inspired even after the last page.

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What Readers Are Saying

I found myself grinning in sympathy over the ‘girls don’t’ sections, and drawn in by interests touching my own career as Mary described her time working with Visa in the early days of chip encoding. Above and beyond the fact that Mary’s story is well-worth the read, the book is very well-written and full of insights that take it far beyond a bare recital of facts.” – J C Steel, Amazon reviewer  ★★★★★ 
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This is a book I’ll be revisiting again, and also recommending to anyone interested in history, compelling memoir, and stories about the strength and independence of the human spirit.” – Lauren M. Sapala, Amazon review ★★★★★ 
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I loved reading Mary’s story, learning about a grandfather and inner strengths that led her to ignore the “girls don’t” signs blocking so many career paths in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I loved seeing her driven to use her gifts. I was rooting for her as she overcame obstacles and lived with hard decisions. This is an interesting and inspiring book.” – Amazon Customer ★★★★★ 
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About the Author

Mary Gorden lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her dogs Tasha and Darrin, and her horse, Grey. She is active in the local horse community and is involved in politics. You can visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter @marylgorden.
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Preview the Book

Life Without Ceilings is a scientific autobiography that will appeal to fans of academics, computers, science, career stories, success stories, and women who break boundaries.

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