Technical excellence and talent are
to be admired, but those who have
special strength and courage to
overcome cultural pressures and have
positively impacted their communities
belong to a different class — heroes.
This is the first in a series to recognize
individuals who have altered history
with their contributions to the
Computer scientist and founder of the Institute of Women
and Technology. now an international advocacy organization
ANGELA BYRON l1977-l ‘‘ ‘
Software developer and evangelist for the Open Source
and Drupal movements
0 Led and encouraged women to become involved in open source community
0 First woman to be featured on the cover of Linux Journal, in April 2011
0 Director of Community Development for Acquia, a software company that
provides products and services for Drupal.
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Early female computer programmer and US military leader
MARY LOU JEPSEN (1965-)
Founder and CTO of the non-profit, open
source One Laptop Per Child, a global program
to provide children laptops for $100
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Software designer and network engineer. known as the
mother of the intemet for her invention of internet routing
and bridging protocols
JANIE TSAO (1955 -l
Taiwanese immigrant and programmer who cofounded
Linksys with her husband from their garage. Linksys later
become the leader in wireless and networking hardware for
retail and e-commerce
O in April 2003. Cisco Systems acquired Lnksys.
establishng it as an operating drvision with Janie and her
husband :1 executive management roles.
0 In 2004, the Tsaozs were named ‘Entrepreneur of the
Year’ by Incl Magazne.
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