In honour of International Women’s Day 2019, we wanted to highlight one of our consultants’, Beth, favourite GREAT Ladies of technology!
A surprising fact for most people is that Women have made some of the most significant contributions to technology. This fact is little known because unfortunately their contributions to technology are frequently left out of the history books! This is now, slowly, changing.
The stories of women who drove innovation in the 19th, 20th, and into the 21st centuries — these key technological architects of modern life — have long gone unheard, their praises unsung.
In the late 1800s, men at the Harvard College Observatory were gathering data about the stars and the planets. The head of the Observatory, Edward Pickering, needed someone to crunch the astronomical numbers in order to calculate relationships and effectively measure the universe. The men turned this down perceiving it as secretarial work.
Williamina Fleming, his housemaid, agreed… She went on to lead a team of more than 80 women who did the computational work that’s responsible for how we understand the universe today.
Annie Easley is the woman you have to thank for hybrid car batteries.
Adele Goldberg, her work inspired Steve Jobs’ creation of the first Apple computer. Without her the Apple desktop environment would not look the way it does today.
These inspirational women are a small example of the strong, influential women in technology! Women in Tech need to be celebrated more, hopefully one day these inspirational women will be one of many stories told!