Women have been writing the narratives of technology over a long period and this makes one wonder why the reporting of women activities in tech is not as popular as that of men. Women have had great influence on how things in technology works right from the early years. The role of women is not just to look on while men invent technology they use. It will surprise you to find out that the basic foundation of what technology and ICT is today was laid by great women in history but very few, like Marie Currie, are known for this. Check out the list of some other women inventors you hardly hear about:
1. Grace Hopper
Women in tech have a role model in. She and Howard Aiken designed Harvard’s Mark I computer, a five-ton, room-sized machine in 1944. Hopper invented the compiler that translated written language into computer code and coined the terms “bug” and “debugging” when she had to remove moths from the device. In 1959, Hopper was part of the team that developed COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages.
2. Maria Telkes
In 1947, the Hungarian scientist invented the thermoelectric power generator to provide heat for Dover House, a wedge-shaped structure she conceived with architect Eleanor Raymond. Telkes used Glauber’s salt, the sodium salt of sulfuric acid, to store heat in preparation for sunless days. Dover House survived nearly three Massachusetts winters before the system failed.
3. Katharine Blodgett
Katharine Blodgett, General Electric’s first female scientist, discovered a way to transfer thin monomolecular coatings to glass and metals in 1935. The result: glass that eliminated glare and distortion. It clearly revolutionized cameras, microscopes, eyeglasses, and more.
4. Martha Coston
Communication between ships was once limited to colored flags and lanterns. Martha Coston spent 10 years working with chemists and pyrotechnics experts to make the idea of signal flares a reality.
The world needs more of women trail blazers, you can join the mothers of invention, your name written in history and set the foundation for others to build on. You can be the next role model in technology for women. ‘Mother of Invention’ is a phrase that clearly describes women whose ingenious ideas [past and present], shape every aspect of what the world calls technology, including women, who pursue tech, overtake and drive it forward. WAAW Foundation is improving the narration of women in tech by ensuring that women see the value involved and play active roles. WAAW is giving opportunities to young women and men to join the technology innovation world, don’t be left out, reach out to WAAW Foundation to learn more about the following opportunities:
- Women in Tech panel discussion (Abuja) July 12
- Teachers training program (Abuja and Lagos) July 31 – August 4
- Code School (Abuja) August 1 – August 12
- STEM camp (Lagos) August 6 – August 12
- STEM camp for boy and girls (Akure, Ondo state) August 21 – August 25
So, you should not drop your tech invention because you are a woman, instead, register for one of WAAW Foundation’s programs to key into the positive trend going on in the world of technology for women.