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!