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Women in Tech Through History, Can You Go 7 for 7?

A quiz to test your knowledge.

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  1. Grace Hopper...
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    Helped to invent the technology that led to today's wireless technology
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    Designed Minecraft<br />
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    Developed an algorithm for a computer that didn’t yet exist
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    Is known as the “Queen of Software”
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    Grace Hopper ­- Queen of Software

    Called the Queen of Software by many, Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper helped invent some of the early English ­language programming languages. She is most famously associated with the Common Business­ Oriented Language (COBOL) which lead the way for more modern programming language, without her, Buzzfeed would probably wouldn’t be a thing… The world's largest gathering of women technologists is named after her.

    Grace Hopper ­- Queen of Software
    Via Wikipedia
  2. Who is Betty Holberton?
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    Top Starcraft player in the world
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    Built the first programmable computer
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    Worked for NASA during the space race
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    The "Mother of the Internet"
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    Betty Holberton -­ Mother of the First Programmable Computer

    Betty Holberton, born in 1917, was victim of discrimination at College: on her first day of classes, Holberton's math professor asked her if she wouldn't be better off at home raising children. Instead she studied journalism. But later on, she enrolled in the US Army and became one of the six programmers of the ENIAC, which was the very first programmable computer. She is also the namesake of a Software Engineering school in San Francisco.

    Betty Holberton -­ Mother of the First Programmable Computer
    Via Via Priscilla Holberton
  3. Ada Lovelace…
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    Worked for NASA during the space race
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    Developed an algorithm for a computer that didn’t yet exist
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    Was the first Female Computer Science PhD
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    Was an Atari game developer
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    Ada Lovelace ­- Prophet of Computer Age

    Born in 1815, she developed an algorithm for a computer that didn’t yet exist — an accomplishment that some say qualifies her as the world’s first computer programmer. She’s celebrated each year on Ada Lovelace Day and memorialized by the object­ oriented programming language that bears her name, Ada.

    Ada Lovelace ­- Prophet of Computer Age
    Via Wikipedia
  4. Who is the “Mother of the Internet”?
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    Carol Shaw
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    Daenerys Targaryen
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    Redia Perlman
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    Janese Swanson
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    Redia Perlman -­ Mother of the Internet

    Network engineer Radia Perlman helped make the Ethernet technology a worldwide standard. Her Spanning Tree Protocol made it possible to build massive networks using Ethernet, like our good old Internet.

    Redia Perlman -­ Mother of the Internet
    Via Wikipedia
  5. In addition to being an actress, what did Hedy Lamarr create?
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    The first motherboard
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    Snapchat face recognition algorithm
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    The foundation that led to today's wireless technology
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    The popular Snake game
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    Hedy Lamarr ­- Wireless Visionary

    Hedy Lamarr and her co­inventor, George Antheil, created the technology to help the Navy to remotely control torpedoes. The idea of frequency hopping was that the randomized channel switching made it difficult for outside agents to understand what was being communicated. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi­Fi and Bluetooth technology.

    Hedy Lamarr ­- Wireless Visionary
    Via Wikipedia
  6. Who is Evelyn Boyd Granville?
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    First female electrical engineer in the US
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    First American woman in space
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    Created the alien abduction program in NASA
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    Worked on NASA’s Vanguard and Mercury space programs
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    Evelyn Boyd Granville ­- Space Exploration Pioneer

    Born in Washington, D.C. in 1924, Evelyn Boyd Granville became only the second black woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. She joined IBM in 1956, where she wrote computer software for NASA's Project Vanguard and Project Mercury space programs. Granville embarked on a 30­ year career as a professor in 1967, and continued to encourage mathematical studies after retiring from the classroom.

    Evelyn Boyd Granville ­- Space Exploration Pioneer
    Via visionaryproject.org
  7. Who Took the Apollo to the Moon?
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    Carol Shaw
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    Evelyn Boyd Granville
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    Margaret Hamilton
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    Sailor Moon
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    Margaret Hamilton ­- Space exploration pioneer

    On July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 astronauts succeeded in landing with near­flawless precision on the moon. Shortly after, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first historic steps on another world. Margaret Hamilton is the software engineer who got them there. She took humanity to the Moon. Margaret (Heafield) Hamilton wrote the code for Apollo 11’s on­board flight software, and as a result of her work, she received NASA’s Exceptional Space Act Award.

    Margaret Hamilton ­- Space exploration pioneer
    Via Wikipedia
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