For two years, Bailey worked for GM on microprocessor-based cruise control systems. In 1980, Bailey joined Atari's coin-op division, where she was the only woman. She was the only female software engineer at Atari during this time.  She left Atari in 1982. Dona Bailey holds M.Ed. and M.A. degrees and teaches as a faculty member in the department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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- Carol Shaw, considered the first female video game designer.
- The Original Gaming Bug: Centipede Creator Dona Bailey from Gamasutra
- Centipede at the Killer List of Videogames
- Woman behind 'Centipede' recalls game icon's birth
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