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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Female Pioneers in Tech History

Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper creates one of the world’s first compilers.

Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper, Image by Getty

From inventing computing methods and devices, to making human spaceflight possible, to establishing or leading ground-breaking companies, women have shaped the evolution of technology. These women have all made their mark in IT history, and they're not the only ones. Get the full infographic here. 

1843

Ada Lovelace becomes the first computer programmer, designing the first computer algorithm and explaining how it would work on Charles Babbage’s proposed analytical machine.

1943

Ruth Leach Amonette is named vice president of IBM, becoming the company’s first female executive.

1947

Joan Clarke is appointed a Member of the British Empire for her codebreaking work during WW2.1

1952

Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper creates one of the world’s first compilers. Her programming language design work would lead to the creation of COBOL.

1957

Mathematician Katherine Johnson provides trajectory analysis for Freedom 7, America’s first human spaceflight.