The first programmers weren't men, and the first computers weren't machines. What they were, in both cases, were women.
Women's many contributions to technology are frequently left out of the history books. But lately, that's been changing — at least a little.
Ada Lovelace considered the first computer programmer and a visionary for what programming and computers could eventually become, has a technology award named after her, and a holiday devoted to celebrating her legacy. Katherine Johnson meanwhile, the NASA "computer" responsible for successfully plotting the flight paths of some of America's earliest space exploration expeditions, was the subject of the Hollywood blockbuster Hidden Figures (and the book it's based on).
1. The women who cracked the secrets of the universe with computation: Williamina Fleming and the Harvard "Computers"
2. The first computer programmers: The Women of ENIAC
3. The 'mother of computing': Grace Hopper
4. The woman you have to thank for hybrid car batteries: Annie Easley
5. The person who pioneered the gift that is 'WFH': Mary Allen Wilkes
6. Her work inspired Steve Jobs' creation of the first Apple computer: Adele Goldberg
7. The woman who basically invented online dating: Joan Ball
8. 'Google-ing' something would never have occurred to men without her: Karen Spärck Jones
9. Before there was GoDaddy, there was this woman: Elizabeth "Jake" Feinler
10. The person who made retro gaming awesome (before it was retro): Carol Shaw
11. Using Apple computers then and now was so intuitive because of her: Susan Kare
12. She paved the way for the smartphone market: Donna Dubinsky
13. She helped Obama save the internet: Megan Smith
14. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is awesome because of her: Victoria Alonso
15. Tech is more inclusive than ever thanks to her: Angelica Ross