Celebrating Women in Computing–Past, Present and Future

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The Importance of Women in Computer History

Women have been widely recognized as being important in the history of computer programming. Two examples of women technical pioneers are:

  • Ada Lovelace (1815 to 1852) was believed to be the first computer programmer.
  • Grace Hopper (1906 to 1992) was a computer programmer who helped pave the way for the COBOL programming language by developing a compiler, which translated mathematical code into machine readable code.

Image of Grace Hopper courtesy of Pixabay

Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing

Today, women continue to celebrate their place in technology. This year is the fourth annual CAN-CWIC (Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing) conference, which is taking place in the International Center in Mississauga, Ontario on November 8th and 9th 2019. There are 20+ sessions planned for 700+ attendees and 40+ expected exhibitors. Sessions include such topics as social media branding, technologies for people with disabilities, cyber security, gaming and others.

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Some Stats on Women in Technology

Some promising stats compiled on women in technology for 2018.

Canadian Contribution to the Future of Women in Computing

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To invest in the future of women in Technology, the Canadian Government has launched a $2 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) to double the number of women owned businesses in Canada by 2025 by increasing access to finance, networks and advice. As a part of WES, there is a $20 million Women Entrepreneurship Fund which funds women-led companies. Also, involved in the WES initiative is a $200 million Women in Technology (WIT) venture fund that supports women in building their businesses.

What would you consider to be one of the biggest hurdles of being a woman in technology?

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One thought on “Celebrating Women in Computing–Past, Present and Future

  1. This is a really great post! We hear so much about Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs; it’s awesome to hear about a couple of women who made a difference too!

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