A Brief History of Women in Gaming: The 1980s

Video game history is often told as a story of great men building an industry one game at a time. But women also designed, created, marketed, sold, and wrote about video games. From the assembly line to the marketing department, women have shaped the game industry through hard work, creative coding, artistic imagination, and business savvy.

The Strong’s A Brief History of Women in Gaming: The 1980s online exhibit draws on artifacts from the museum’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games and its Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play to explore the history of women in the game industry in the 1980s. The Strong’s Women in Games Initiative collects, preserves, and interprets this vital but underappreciated part of video game history.