In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day). In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month.
Women Influencers in Technology
Here are some wonderful examples of talented Women in Technology that have gone barely noticed.
“When [women] have been written out of the history, [girls] don’t have great role models. But when you learn about the women who programmed ENIAC or Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace … it happened to my daughter. She read about all these people when she was in high school, and she became a math and computer science geek.”
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson
NASA’s (NACA at the time) “Hidden Figures”
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Prophet of Computer Age
Edith Clarke (1883-1959)
Keeps Current, Takes Charge
Women of ENIAC (1946)
Grace Hopper (1906-1992)
“Amazing Grace,” Queen of Software
Evelyn Boyd Granville (1924-)
Race, Space, & Education Advocacy
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (1913-1985)
First Female Computer Science PhD
Susan Kare (1954-)
The Apple Icon
Carol Shaw (1955-)
Atari Game Developer
Janese Swanson (1958-)
Can You Make it Pink?
Radia Perlman (1951-)
“Don’t Call Me Mother of the Internet”
Although women are behind in all the statistics listed above, and are paid far less for the same work, there are many people and groups of women and men that believe in equality for women helping to educate our young women and support our women leading the charge. The only way we can even out these statistics is by becoming more educated, more ambitious, realizing we can do this, helping each other, and advocating for the rights to succeed as our fathers and brothers have.