Women in the recent years have proven themselves and shown to the world that they are capable of doing anything and everything. From medicine to entertainment, technology to engineering, women have excelled in every field. With their passion, knowledge, and thirst for achieving their goals, women have been achieving and proving that they are no less of a person in the workforce than men.
When we talk about the pioneers who have changed the face of technology, a few names come to mind, which include: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos. But, there are also many women who contributed to the development and evolution of technology.
As March is the month of celebrating the great achievements of women, here is our list of women who made contributions to the world of technology:
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a computer scientist and US Navy Rear Admiral. She was the pioneer of computer programming, who helped invent some of the early English-language programming languages.
Hopper popularized the idea of machine-independent programming, as she believed that if programming was developed in a language that people could read and write, then there would be more programmers. She was associated with the development of COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language), which was based on the FLOW-MATIC language which she designed in 1958.
Hopper believed “[i]f it is a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than to get permission.”
Marissa Ann Mayer is an Information Technology executive who joined Google as employee number 20. She was also the first female engineer hired by Google in 1999 when it was just a start-up. Mayer led the product management team and engineering team in Google for various search products, which includes Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Images etc. Her talent was in user interface. At 36, she was the youngest member of Google’s Executive Operation Committee. Also, she served as the president and CEO of Yahoo.
Mayer beilieves,“Work for someone who believes in you because when they believe in you, they will invest in you.”
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive who serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook. In June 2012, she becomes the first woman to be elected as the Director for Facebook’s board. She is also the founder of Leanin.org (as in the Lean In Foundation).
Before joining Facebook, she served as the vice-president of global online sales and operations at Google and was involved with the launching of Google.org. In 2012, she was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Sandberg believes, “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
Radia Joy Perlman is an American software designer and a network engineer. She is widely known for her invention Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
Perlman is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Internet’ because of the significant impact her invention had on the network switch. Over the years, she also made some great contributions in many other areas of network design and standardization, including TRILL.
Perlman believes, “The world would be a better place if more engineers, like me, hated technology.”
Susan Kare is a graphic designer, who was able to give life to Apple computers with her sophisticated typography and iconic graphic design skills. She worked along with Steve Jobs and shaped many of the now-common interface elements of the Mac, such as the command icon and the happy mac icon.
If Steve Jobs is given the credit for the way the technology has become more personable through Apple devices, then Kare should be given the credit for making Apple computers feel more like a friend and less like a machine. Kare’s graphic design work didn’t just stop with Apple. Over the years she also worked with Microsoft and Facebook.
Kare believes, “The best icons are more like traffic signs than graphic illustrations.”
These women from the technology world inspire girls and women all around the world. They make us believe that if you will it, then anything is possible. It is important to identify your passion, keep working hard to fulfill it, and be 100% focused on achieving it.
Decision Tree Consulting team wishes all the women and girls in the world a Happy Women’s Day, as we believe women are capable of changing the world and making it a much better place with their goodness and hard work.
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Article Author : Abeer Ghansar, Business Development Lead, Decision Tree Consulting