“Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counterclockwise.”
I’m not sure I could stand to watch the hands of a clock move backwards like Grace Hopper did but then, I’m not Grace Hopper – the first woman to graduate from Yale with a PhD in Mathematics. She obviously had a gift for seeing numbers in a non-traditional way. In fact, Grace revolutionized the way computers were used by creating a universal coding language accessible to everyone.
WS Feature: From Grace Hopper to Lisa Mae Brunson
This month, WS is all about technology. Technically speaking, we shine a spotlight on women in technology changing the world with their bright ideas, inventions and discoveries. For this reason, we begin with Grace Hopper, the woman responsible for computer programming as we know it, today.
Wednesday, WS shares Grace’s influential career in the Navy and computer industry. Grace faced gender bias in both fields, but rose above it to prove computer programs could be written using words instead of symbols. She knew if programming was left in the hands of engineers, computers would never be friendly-enough and accessible for everyone to use.
Friday, WS’s Alexandria Meinecke interviews Lisa Mae Brunson, a tech industry innovator and disrupter. She is the founder of Wonder Women Tech (WWT), a non-profit organization offering year-round programming and learning conferences. Both are aimed at fighting gender bias and building systemic change through the education and celebration of women and those underrepresented in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
But before we get to those exciting stories and share a link to our new August Issue of WS Magazine – aptly named PARADOX, WS starts the week with a most unusual WS Art Card. In it, we pay homage to one of history’s most famous women, Mona Lisa. While her portrait hangs in Paris’ Louvre Museum, modern technology brings it to life with computer technologies that are considerably questionable.
While technology can help people learn, access and share information, in the same way we do on WomanScape, there are serious concerns about ethical boundaries and risky behaviors manifest in this progress, as discussed in the August issue of WS Magazine.
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Rose & the WomanScape Team