5 Female Pioneers of Software Development We’re Grateful For This Thanksgiving

When we think about the average stereotypical developer, a couple of images quickly pop into mind. First off, he probably is on the younger side, early to mid-20s, likes a lot of pop culture icons like Dr. Who, has some cool gadgets, and most commonly, is a he.

Overwhelmingly, the technical side of companies ranging from startups to enterprises is predominantly male. Recently, many of the largest tech companies provided data on how the majority of their female employees don’t work in the development or technical positions at their company. Google for their part declared that only 17 percent of its technical staff is female.

This lopsided workforce was not always the case. Lost in the records of programmer history is that women actually played some very key roles in the early days of coding. It is only in recent years that their stories are being told, with movies like Hidden Figures shining a light on the early heroines of code.

In appreciation and recognition of their efforts and contribution, we would like to highlight a couple of the female programmers that we are thankful this year.

Ada Lovelace

Image credit:  Science Museum Group Collection

If you were to ask the majority of software developers who wrote the first bit of code I doubt they will be able to give you the right answer. It is generally understood that the first code was written by Ada Lovelace in 1852.

She was one of the top mathematicians at the time which most women didn’t have the opportunity to take part in.

While working with English mathematician Charles Babbage, who designed the modern computer which he called the Analytical Engine, Lovelace identified that this machine had more purposes than just calculating.

She saw the (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – WhiteSource authored by Zev Brodsky. Read the original post at: https://resources.whitesourcesoftware.com/blog-whitesource/5-female-pioneers-of-software-development