Grace Hopper is a computer goddess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEpsKnWZrJ8 – her story still amazes me.
She was a math and physics major at Vassar and graduate with honors in 1928, and went to teach in the 1930s.
She was in her 30s herself, a professor in the progressive 1930s USA America. Gender equality was going very well at that point.
But then, WWII. Her husband died in the war. She was ALMOST too old to enlist but battling depression and alcoholism, she had to do _something_ to relieve the pain.
She was already in her 40s when she wrote the first compiler, was battling military and corporate alike to keep code “open” and shared.
She was there throughout the whole thing and never stopped working and/or teaching. Just an amazing woman.
Oh I even put her lightyears BEYOND Ada Lovelace though. She was hands on, practical, in the dirt and the grime of military politics, the last holdout of a time when women’s equality really seemed as if it was going to be a reality…
…and she hung in there. Not only that, she progressed. Higher and higher she went in power and influence.
She directed so many projects that ended up directly impacting our lives here in 2016. There’d likely be NO Open Source Software if it wasn’t for her early start of the movement within the military.
She was vocal, prominent, intelligent, forceful, smarter than all of us combined. Just amazing.