lessons from grace hopper

3 lessons we can learn from Grace Hopper

You know, we make a lot of noise about gender inequalities in the technology fields but take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of Grace Hopper. A 37 year old female computer programmer who decided she wanted to join the army to do her bit for the War effort during World War 2. And she did far more than “her bit”. She paved the way for computer programmers and females.

The annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest gathering of female technologists and will take place in Texas in October. I can imagine that Hopper would love that. She once said:

“The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young people. I keep track of them as they get older and I stir them up at intervals so they don’t forget to take chances.”

I’m regularly asked who my “favourite” woman in tech is. I’ve always struggled to answer. However, I’ve recently started reading Intel’s Mother of Invention series – which profiles female pioneers in the technology space and also provides a mouthpiece to current female leaders in the field. The more I read about Hopper the more I realise that she is my inspiration. Despite her age, her gender and the time period she was born into, she accomplished so many things that I can only dream of. She led her fields for years and maintained a pizzazz that energises me.

I think Gabriela Gonzalez, a STEM strategist at Intel summed it up the best:

“[Grace’s] legacy as a technology pioneer and woman of vision will continue to pave the way for the broader inclusion of women across all technology sectors for generations to come.”

There is so much we can learn from Grace, but I’ve taken away 3 key things. These are the 3 lessons we can learn from Grace Hopper and I plan to implement them each and every one. How about you?


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