In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to take some time and discuss some of the historical figures that have pioneered the way for females in the technology field. In a very male dominated culture, these women have shown so many other females that it’s okay to enter this field and make a name for themselves.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Ada Lovelace is also known as the “Prophet of the computer age.” She foresaw the mult-functionality of the computer before its time. However, her “crazy idea” about computers was not recognized until technology caught up about a century later.
Grace Hopper (1906-1992)
Grace Hopper is commonly known as the “Queen of Software.” She believed that a programming language could be based on English. She created a compiler that converted English into machine code. She was also a Rear Admiral in the US Navy.
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (1913-1985)
Sister Mary was the first woman with a Computer Science PhD in the United States. She believed that technology could increase access to information and promote education over time. She also founded the Computer Science Department at Clark College.
Annie Easley (1933-2011)
Annie Easley worked at NASA before it was publically known as NASA. She is responsible for creating the battery that is now used in hybrid cars.
Susan Kare (1954-present)
Susan Kare is best known for her graphic design and typeface contributions to Apple. She has also worked with IBM, Pinterest, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Carol Shaw (1955-present)
Carol Shaw was one of the first female game designers and programmers in the video game industry. She was hired by Atari Inc right after completing her Masters and is known for her contributions to Atari 2600.
With these women paving the way before us, female’s can enter the field and become programmers, video game designers, engineers, developers, and overall lead in the technology field. I’m not saying that boundaries should be overstepped, but in a very male dominated profession, it’s okay for a female to be a programmer or engineer. My goal is to make this common knowledge so that women don’t shy away from the field anymore.