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Advancing Women in Technology: Dismantling Obstacles and Sparking Creativity

In honor of International Women’s Day, we must acknowledge the amazing progress women have achieved in the computer sector. Even while there is still much to be done, a great number of women are dismantling obstacles, dispelling myths, and permanently altering the technological environment. By highlighting the accomplishments of women in technology, this piece hopes to encourage and motivate others to follow their ambitions without fear by:

  • Commemorating Accomplishments: Begin by honoring the outstanding contributions made by women in the field of technology, emphasizing trailblazers who have cleared the path for others. Bring up female pioneers in computer science and space exploration, such as Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace, and Katherine Johnson. This prepares us to celebrate the accomplishments of women in technology, both past and current.
  • Highlight Success Stories: Tell the tales of modern-day women in technology who have surmounted obstacles and made noteworthy contributions to the field. Highlight women who have established prosperous businesses, spearheaded innovative research, or assumed crucial positions in significant technical breakthroughs. Readers from a range of experiences and backgrounds might be inspired by the varied stories presented.
  • Breaking prejudices: Dispel and refute persistent prejudices in the tech sector. Talk about the ways that women are not only succeeding in historically male-dominated areas but also changing the narrative by contributing original ideas and viewpoints. Stress the value of variety in promoting creativity and bringing about constructive change.
  • Networking and Mentoring: Encourage women in the computer industry to establish professional networks and look for mentors. Give your own tales or mentorship stories that have helped women advance in their jobs. Stress the need of establishing safe spaces where women may develop professionally in the field of technology and learn new skills.
  • Encourage girls and women to have more access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Talk about efforts and programs that provide young women the chance to explore their interests and seek jobs in technology, with the goal of closing the gender gap in STEM disciplines.
  • Taking Up Challenges: Draw attention to the tenacity and will of women who have overcome obstacles in their tech professions. Talk about how overcoming challenges has improved their professional skills and advanced the industry as a whole. Readers should be encouraged to see obstacles as chances for personal development.

Some Females that Made Impact in Tech

  1. Grace Brewster Hopper – Inventor of Compiler: The Harvard Mark I computer, a general-purpose electromechanical computer used in the World War II war effort, had one of the first programs written for it by American computer scientist and admiral Grace Hopper (1906–1992), according to the San Diego Supercomputer Center. She wrote the 500-page Manual of Operations for the Automatic Sequence-Controlled Calculator for the computer in 1944, outlining the fundamental ideas behind how computing devices work. The compiler, an intermediary software that converts English language instructions into the language of the target computer, was also created by Hopper. Subroutines, code optimization, formula translation, and other advancements in computing were all impacted by this idea. Annual Grace Hopper Celebration: The largest meeting of women technologists worldwide honors Hopper.

  2. Margaret Hamilton: Margaret Hamilton, an American computer scientist and systems engineer from Indiana, was born in 1936 and served as the head of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory’s Software Engineering Division. While working on software development for Apollo 11, the first spacecraft to successfully complete a mission that delivered humans on the moon in 1969, she is credited with popularizing the phrase “software engineering.” The mission’s success and the astronauts’ safety are attributed to Hamilton’s insistence on extensive testing. Hamilton contributed to the development of the guiding software used in Skylab, the space shuttle, and the first digital fly-by-wire aircraft systems. In recognition of his technological and scientific accomplishments, Hamilton was granted the NASA Exceptional Space Act Award in 2003. In 2016, he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  3. Stephanie “Steve” Shirley – With the founding of her software company Freelance Programmers, which is currently a part of Sopra Steria Group, Stephanie “Steve” Shirley—born in 1933 in Germany—is recognized for having advanced the vital role of women in IT and computer programming. Upon its founding in England in 1962, the company only hired women. One of the company’s most noteworthy projects, the creation of the black box flight recorder for the British passenger airline Concorde, a supersonic craft, is mentioned in Shirley’s profile on her TED Talk website, which has received over two million views. Through The Shirley Foundation, Shirley concentrates on charity these days, including several IT-related initiatives. Dedicated to examining the ways in which the internet influences social, economic, legal, and ethical matters, she also founded the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. She also gives speeches in public.
  4. Grace Murray Hopper – (Queen of Software): Computer scientist Grace Hopper played a key role in the development of computer programming. She developed the first compiler while working on UNIVAC I, the first commercial computer made in the United States. Additionally, Hopper created FLOW-MATIC, the first language for processing data that resembles English. It served as a foundation for the creation of the COBOL operating language.
  5. Radia Perlman (Mother of the Internet): A 1951 native, Radia Perlman is referred to as the “Mother of the Internet.” Her invention, the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), made it possible for big computer networks to run safely and effectively. Her efforts have influenced the development of the modern internet. 

As a result of their bravery, tenacity, and will, we stand on the shoulders of these trailblazers today. By tearing down obstacles, confronting prejudices, and fostering more welcoming circumstances where women may flourish, we must carry on their legacy.

Let’s honor the accomplishments of women in technology and the boundless potential of next generations as we commemorate International Women’s Day. Let’s give women the freedom to follow their passions, value their individuality, and never feel the need to apologize for who they are.

I tell women who work in tech (and those apiring to work in tech): You belong here. Now more than ever, we need your voice, your insight, and your skills. Never be scared to speak up, take chances, and leave your impact on the world. Embrace a network of mentors, allies, and other trailblazers who will encourage and inspire you along you go.

Recall that we are responsible for shaping the future of technology, not dictating it. Together, we can create a digital sector that is more inventive, egalitarian, and inclusive for all if we have great dreams and aspirational goals.

Greetings on International Women’s Day!


Story Written by:

Bodewei Dorcas

Community Member with Hamplus Technologies International [Hamplus Hub]


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