I was going to post about this earlier in the year, but the conference sold out in less than one day. Much less. So I missed my chance. Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing
Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
In the middle 1980s, computing became more associated with boys and men in the popular culture. This was mostly the result of prejudice on the part of Hollywood. The astronauts of the 60s were all engineers, they made the idiots in Hollywood uncomfortable because they understood complicated things like Mathematics and Physics*, so in the 80s, movies portrayed the “geeks” as socially inept men. I’m sure it made film-makers feel better about themselves, but it made the world a harder place for women in science and technology.
In the 1940s, however, women were in the forefront of technology. Grace Hopper was one of those women. (See the link highlighting her name for a rundown on her career.) She was a principal developer of the first compiled language. (Later evolved into COBOL – the Common Business Oriented Language.)
The conference starts today, October 19th, and runs through Friday. I guess if you are interested, you can find out how to attend next year’s conference.
* You can’t get through Mathematics, or Physics, or Chemistry, or Engineering, or Computer Science by cramming the night before exams. What you learn on the 1st day of class you need to KNOW on the last day of class. What you learned last year will be required to pass tests THIS year. You need to LEARN the subject, not just memorize a few items for the test in the morning. (You want your bridges to stand up, don’t you?) I still remember definitions from algebra that I learned 35 years ago, because I LEARNED the definitions. (A set is closed if and only if it contains all its limit points. A set is compact if and only if any open cover contains a finite sub-cover. etc.)