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Information Technology owes a huge debt to women.

For example, Hedy Lamar was a GENIUS, as well as a great actress-she invented CDMA, the technique that made the cell phone possible. Unfortunately, the powers that be in the Navy failed to make use of it in wartime-wouldn't believe that a woman could be a great mathematician.

The Countess of Lovelace, Augusta Ada King, wrote the first algorithm for a computer, becoming the first ever computer programmer. The Countess played a big role as well as one of the advisers to Charles Babbage, the "Father of Computing".

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was the greatest computer programmer. She is the Godmother of COBOL. She wrote the first compiler, translating English to machine code. There is a guided missile cruiser, the USS Hopper, named after her. A Cray supercomputer was named after her.

Barbara Simons has been the head of the Association for Computing Machinery

Bonnie Ross is the General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios.

Cher Wang is a founder of HTC. Maybe you are using one of her cell phones or her chips.

Elizabeth Fenler played a large part in the development of the Domain Name System (DNS). Thank her for com, edu, gov, etc..

Ginny Strazisar designed the first router and played a huge role in the invention of the Internet.

Kathleen Booth wrote the first Assembly language

Sandra Lerner was a co-founder of CISCO.

Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook.

Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube. She was Google's 16th employee.

Ursula Burns was Chair of Xerox till 2017, and was the first black woman to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.


Data is an American Invention: 

The inventor of automated data collection was the great Herman Hollerith, who invented the punch card and tabulating card machines for the Census of 1890. The company that he founded is now known by the initials IBM. An IBM engineer, Edgar (Ted) Codd in turn invented the modern relational database. His wife, Sharon Codd, invented OLAP, (On-Line Analytical Processing), also known as FASMI (Fast Analysis of Shared Multidimensional Information. Bill Inmon invented the Data Warehouse.