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Computer programming is a field dominated by men, right?
Well, in terms of sheer numbers that’s true. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 73% of US computer science workers are male coders. Across technology generally, women are underrepresented. But, recent research suggests that women are considered better coders.
“When I first got into it, nobody knew what it was that we were doing. It was like the Wild West. There was no course in it. They didn’t teach it.” —Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering for the project that wrote the code for the Apollo Guide Computer (AGC).
An American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo program. She later founded two software companies—Higher Order Software in 1976 and Hamilton Technologies in 1986, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Margaret hamilton is the one Computer pioneer who was critical to landing astronauts on the moon for the first time.
Being a woman she was at first, denied to design the software through coding, but she still followed her path and became one inspiration for all the women around the globe.