The women who have shaped your world.

The impact that women have had on our way of life might surprize some people.

Did you know it was a woman by the name Ada Lovelave who wrote the first algorithm for a computer?
or that

Margaret Hamilton was instrumental in writing the programs for the Appollo missions that sent the first humans to the moon.

Here is a look at some of some of a few of the women that are responsible for how we enjoy life in this era of technology

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Ada Lovelace

An English mathematician and writer who lived during the middle of the 1800's. While working on the Analytical Engine, she realized that she could write an algorithm could be used for a computing machine and is often considered the worlds first programmer.

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Joan Clark

Joan Clark was instrumental for helping decipher the german code during ww2. Her smarts got her recruited to Blecthley park, where she worked on the devices used to decipher naval message. Her work was instrumental in reducing allied casualties.

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Elizabeth (Jake) Feinler

Tasked to write a Resource Handbook for the Arpanet and later the main boss of the network information center which operated the Arpanet. The Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) is the foundation of what we call the internet.

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Margaret Hamilton

“From my own perspective, the software experience itself (designing it, developing it, evolving it, watching it perform and learning from it for future systems) was at least as exciting as the events surrounding the mission. … There was no second chance. We knew that. We took our work seriously, many of us beginning this journey while still in our 20s. Coming up with solutions and new ideas was an adventure. Dedication and commitment were a given. Mutual respect was across the board. Because software was a mystery, a black box, upper management gave us total freedom and trust. We had to find a way and we did. Looking back, we were the luckiest people in the world; there was no choice but to be pioneers.”

    • In the 1800’s it was predominantly women that worked with computing mathematics to determine the position of the planets and comets like Halley’s Comet.
    • It was predominantly women it ww2 that worked computing ballistics measurements.
    • It was mostly women responsible for developing software in the early 1900’s.
    • The first digital computer was designed by a female team of soviet scientists in 1951.
    • A mostly female team developed the basic guide book for what would become the internet.

It’s safe to say that the impact that women have had on the evolution of the technology we use today is impossible to measure.  On this day of International Woman’s Day, all of us who enjoy today’s way of life can appreciate their contribution and achievement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing#1930s

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