In July 2021, the SoftwareX journal published a special issue on gravitational waves and the software that contributed to their detection. The editor, Kate Keahey, joined with colleagues to write an introductory editorial to that special issue. Kate kindly took time from her busy schedule to discuss with Rinku Gupta (Editor-in-chief of the website) her concern that society – researchers, funding agencies, academia – continues to fail to credit software as a major contributor to scientific discovery.