On this International Women’s Day we recognize and honor the many strong and influential women throughout history and in our current lives today. Today we are spotlighting a very influential woman in the IT world – a legend of innovation and service, Grace Murray Hopper.
Here are a few fun facts about Grace:
- She is considered one of the first three modern “programmers”, and is best known for her trailblazing contributions to the development of computer languages.
- Hopper led the team that created the first standardized general business computer language, COBOL (short for “common business-oriented language”). In the 1970s, COBOL was the “most extensively used computer language” in the world.
- She believed that computers would someday be widely used and helped to make them more user friendly.
- Grace also served as a United States naval officer for 19 years.
“Hopper came of age at a time of unusual opportunity for women. A relatively high number of women were receiving doctorates in the 1920s and 1930s — numbers that would not be matched again until the 1980s.1 World War II also created opportunities for women to enter the workforce in greater numbers. Nonetheless, Hopper’s success in a male-dominated field and in male-dominated organizations, including the U.S. Navy, was exceptional.”
Grace Murray Hopper will go down in history as a irreverent, sharp-tongued, and brilliant woman, enjoying long and influential careers in both the U.S. Navy and the private sector.
Happy International Women’s Day to all the strong, wonderful women out there!Learn more about Grace Hopper here!