Megan Smith, chief technology officer for the United States, in an interview with Charlie Rose:
“There are these incredible photographs from the launch of the
Macintosh in the 80’s, and the Rolling Stone pictures that were
published. The historic record shows this group of 10 people in a
pyramid — actually 11, seven men and four women. Every photograph
you see with the Mac team has Joanna Hoffman, who was the product
manager, a great teammate of Steve Jobs, and Susan Kare who did
all the graphics and user interface on the artist side. None of
them made it into the Jobs movie. They’re not even cast. And every
man in the photographs is in the movie with a speaking role. It’s
debilitating to our young women to have their history almost
She’s misremembering the pyramid photo, slightly. It featured eight men and three women (Susan Kare, Rony Sebok, and Patti Kenyon). Joanna Hoffman wasn’t in the photo — but Smith is exactly right that Hoffman was instrumental to the project. If it’s true that none of these women are in Sorkin’s movie, that’s just criminal.
Update: It’s widely-reported that Kate Winslet plays Hoffman in the film, and the IMDB listing claims Sebok and Kenyon were cast as well.
Via Twitter, Hal O’Brien posits that Megan Smith’s criticism was about the Ashton Kutcher movie, not the upcoming Sorkin one.
★ Friday, 5 June 2015