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Jean E. Sammet-1960's
Alice R. Burks-1980's
Other Sources about Women in Computers
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It is believed that computers are one of the most significant inventions of our time. Computers have contributed to the quality of living by providing services at a rapid and reliable pace. Before the invention of computing machines, people had to rely heavily on skills that proved to be time consuming and at times dangerous. Computers have added to the efficiency of industrial labor; agricultural labor; and war, allowing for more time in leisure. Computing machines have also opened doors of discovery that could have never opened without their use. They are key elements in manís first ventures into space in the middle part of the this century. They have also increased the abilities of man to communicate across the globe, making cultural understanding more possible.
While it is important to understand the significance of computers and their present day uses, it is equally as important to acknowledge the accomplishments of the women who have made critical discoveries, inventions and applications of computers, from their inception to present day. It is the purpose of this website to introduce you to some of the accomplishments of women from the 4 decades, highlighting women whose major accomplishments took place during this time.
This website will provide you with information about the language developers of the 1960ís, of the first women to apply computing to scientific discoveries of the 1970ís, of the creation of links between computing and philanthropy of the 1980ís and of the contributions of women in the creation of computer software and applications of the 1990ís.
This list will provide you with information that can assist you in learning more about the accomplishments of women in computing. It is not the purpose of this website however to provide a composite of all of the accomplishments and contributions of women towards the field of computing. This site will only provide 2 profiles for each decade. The authors of this site sincerely hope that this information can serve as a catalyst for the pursuit of further knowledge on the accomplishments of other women in computing.top of page