These women paved the way for female nerds everywhere!
ADA LOVELACE This foxy mathematician was the first computer programmer. She wrote the language for Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. Ada is referred to as ‘the prophet of the computer age’. She believed computers could be used for more than just math. Blah
Admiral Grace Hopper Grace was an extremely important figure in the 1940’s when it came to computers. Referred to as “Grandma COBOL” ,she pioneered the development of a universal programming language. Admiral Hopper’s influence was so substantial that the US Department of Defense named a Warship after her in 1980. In pioneer days they used oxen for heavy pulling, and when one ox couldn't budge a log, they didn't try to grow a larger ox. We shouldn't be trying for bigger computers, but for more systems of computers. — Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
THE ENIAC PROJECT Betty Snyder Ruth Lichterman Maryln Wescoff Kay McNulty 1946 ENIAC was programmed by six women known as “Rosies”: Betty Snyder Holberton, Jean Jennings Bartik, Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum and Frances Bilas.
Jean Sammet This brainy babe joined the IBM company in 1961 Published “PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: History and Fundamentals” in 1969 American computer scientist also known as the developer of the FORMAC (FORmula MAnipulation Compiler) programming language Received many awards including: an Augusta Ada Lovelace Award by the Association of Women in Computing in 1989, and a Computer Pioneer Award by the IEEE Computer Society in 2009.
RobertaWilliams Roberta Williams was one of the first female videogame designers. Her work includes a series of graphic-text adventure games including Mystery House (1980), many releases of King's Quest (1984-92), horror game Phantasmagoria, and Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!. She founded the game company Sierra with her husband Ken Williams. Roberta posed for the box cover of an early pornographic game for the Apple II called Softporn. HOT!!!!!
The Queen of Retro Mac Design SUSAN KARE Creator of the original Macintosh icons This lady even drew the very first New York, Geneva and Chicago fonts, the control panel, and best of all, the game Solitaire, all for the very first Mac
Nerd Girls of the World Unite There are several organizations dedicated to the enrichment of females in the computer field
Feminist mix with a tech fix The Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) is both a programme within APC and a network of women throughout the world committed to using technology for women’s empowerment. We promote gender equality in the design, implementation, access and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and in the policy decisions and frameworks that regulate them.
The British Computer Society (Women’s Group) is a specialized group that provides networking opportunities for all BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group’s main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career
The Girl Geek Dinners Founded in 2005 when one girl found frustration in being the only female attending technical events. She set out to gain acceptance for all ‘geeks’ regardless of gender or age. Girl Geek’s mission is to break down old fashioned social stereotypes, break barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology, encourage and nurture those interested in technology, work with women in school to introduce them to technical careers, support all forms of the industry, and include EVERYONE in the journey, not just women, but men and children as well.
Many women have impacted the developments of the computer science field. The work of these pioneers helped paved the way of today’s women’s role in modern technology. There are more opportunities and careers for females now than there ever was and there are many intelligent ladies to look up to. Thanks for watching.