Diversity is Not Impossible

“Although the history of computer science is well documented, one finds very few, if any, women mentioned in the standard texts on the history of this field. One might believe that women did not play an important role in the beginnings of computer science, but in reality they have made significant contributions in many areas, starting from the early days.” — Denise Gürer

After reading this article on diversity statistics in the tech industry, I have decided to look into the subject of pioneering women in computer science and compiled a gallery to honour them:

Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace, the first conceptual programmer. Lovelace is credited to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s.

Grace Murray Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language. Hopper is also credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer).

In June 1965, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller became the first woman in America to earn a PhD in Computer Science.

Karen Spärck Jones introduced the concept of inverse document frequency (IDF) weighting in information retrieval, which is used in most search engines today.

Ellen Pao, CEO of Reddit and an advocate of gender equality.


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