Inspiring women in the world of tech.
7 March 2017
This year International Women’s Day is Wednesday 8th March, with the campaign #BeBoldForChange focusing on encouraging a more inclusive, gender equal world.
In support of the day, we have compiled a list of our top seven inspirational women from the technology industry…
An American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral, was one of the first programmers of the Havered Mark I computer and the inventor of the first compiler for a computer programming language.
Often referred to as ‘Amazing Grace’, she is credited with having popularised the idea of machine-independent programming languages which ultimately led to the development of one of the first high-level programming languages COBOL (common business-oriented language).
On 22 November 2016 Grace Hooper was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller
A keen advocate for the involvement of women in computing, Mary Keller was one of the first two people to earn a doctorate in the field of computer science. As well as being a religious sister, educator and pioneer, Sister Mary also helped establish the Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE).
Clarke College in Iowa, where Mary founded a computer science department which she directed for twenty years, has since created the Mary Kenneth Keller Computer Science Scholarship in her honour.
An American lawyer, politician, previous Deputy Public Advocate at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and founder of Girls Who Code.
Reshma was the first Indian-American woman and first South Asian American woman to run for Congress.
“Life is a series of building, testing, changing and iterating”
Lauren Mosenthal, Chief Technology Officer at Glassbreakers
A British technology consultant, educator and blogger, Alice is the co-founder of COO of Entrepreneur First as well as being a co-founder of the Code First: Girls which works with companies and women to help increase the number of women in technology.
Alice was named of the Fifty Most Inspiring Women in European Tech by the Inspiring Fifty organisation in 2015 and was awarded and MBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to business.
Co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a London-based tech start-up that aims to increase digital literacy and that is known for it’s one-day training courses. Only 35 years old, Kathryn is definitely one-to-watch for the future.
Of course this piece wouldn’t be complete without talking about Ada Lovelace – a pioneer of the computer age. Through her determination to study science and maths at a time when this was not usually possible for women to do so, along with her work with Babbage on his calculating machines, Lovelace was able to identify the machines’ potential to manipulate symbols rather than just numbers, foreseeing modern computing a century in advance.
Who are your female inspirations? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @PhewUK.