History of Women and Computers

Written by Jonathan O'Brien

Computers have been a huge part of our everyday lives. We use them in schools, at home and in the workplace. We use them for business purposes as well as for pleasure. For most of us, we imagine that computers have existed forever, and can't think of a world without using these machines daily. However, there was a time when computers did not exist, and we recognize the people involved in creating and developing the computers that we now know and love to use.


Since the beginning of computers and the work of Charles Babbage, women have played an important role in the history of computing. Over the years women such as Ada Lovelace, who was a mathematician that assisted Babbage in his work, Grace Hopper, who was one of the first computer programmers and many others have helped in the advancement of computers, computing, programming and other areas. It is important to recognize the achievements of these women and others in the world of computers.


Here are some websites that provide more information on some of the great women in computers:


Ada Lovelace


Grace Hopper


Women Programmers of ENIAC


Adele Goldstine


Radia Perlman


Anita Borg


Eva Tardos


Jean Sammet


Women have played a vital role in the development of the computer. Today we must continue to encourage girls and women to become involved in the computer industry. The work they do today, may be important in the future of computer, like the pioneers of computers like Lovelace, Hopper and others.