Celebrate International Women's Day 2019 with 10 Quotes from HERstory
Updated: Sep 29
Without these historic women in STEM the world would look very different
March is Women’s History Month and, this Friday, March 8th, International Women’s Day. Please help Peterson Technology Partners celebrate some of the most memorable women in STEM history with quotes and unbelievable true stories!
"Forget this world and all its troubles and, if possible, it's multitudinous Charlatans-- everything, in short, but the Enchantress of Numbers." - Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace is often recognized as the first computer programmer. She was the first person to recognize that a computer could be used for more than just calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be processed by a computer.
“The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.’” – Admiral Grace Hooper
Amazing Grace earned her Ph. D. in mathematics from Yale and created one of the first code compilers that converted English terms into computer code. This paved the way for modern programming earning her the nickname Grandma COBOL.
“We had the quaint notion at the time that software should be completely, absolutely free of bugs. Unfortunately it's a notion that never really quite caught on.”
- Mary Allen Wilkes
Mary Allen Wilkes helped created the first personal computer named LINC after MIT’s Lincoln Library where much of the research was performed. She took the system home to write the operating system resulting in the first, literal, PC.
“The amount of time that a young girl spends wearing pink will be inversely proportional to her future income.’” – Sandra Lerner
As a director of computer facilities at Stanford University, Sandra Lerner helped lead a project to connect all of the school’s computer systems. When the project wasn’t adopted by the school she used it to co-create Cisco Systems.
“I think it's very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men."
– Karen Spärck Jones Karen Spärck Jones created the concept of inverse document frequency (IDF) while studying natural language processing (NLP). IDF is the technology relied on by most search engines, including Google, today.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie
Marie Curie was the first female to earn the Nobel Prize, the only woman to earn two, and the only laureate to be recognized in two distinct scientific fields. In physics in 1903 for developing the theory of, as well as naming, radiation and in chemistry in 1911 for discovering Polonium and Radium.
“If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.” – Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States after being told by a dying friend that she may have “been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman.” She then went on to establish the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.
“We’re having an information explosion, and it’s certainly obvious that information is of no use unless it’s available.” - Sister Mary Kenneth Keller
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller was a pioneer in computer science, mathematics and physics. She earned her M.S. (Masters of Science) from DePaul University in Chicago then became the first woman in U.S. history to earn her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way.” - Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her work in developing a radio guidance system using spread spectrum and frequency hopping for the U.S. Navy. The technology has since been incorporated into Bluetooth, CDMA and Wi-Fi
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