Grace HopperThis lady coined the word "debugging", when she found a moth in a piece of computer hardware that she was writing code against:
[debugging 4 realz - source, Wikipedia]
Julie Ann HorvathIs probably the most recent famous female computer programmer, after she left GitHub in a major huff:
This is a bit of a sad story and it is a shame that it was allowed to happen. Up until just recently, GitHub lauded the fact that it didn't need managers:
So really this story reminds us why/how managers are important - good management would most likely have prevented this situation from going so badly wrong.
Women's work...?Interesting to note that programming in-fact used to be considered "womens work" - but now most professional programmers and computer science/engineering students are male (in NZ).
So what changed...? Here's one writer's take on the situation (YMMV):
In any case, if you work in software and have even a few female techies on your team, you probably have a more balanced mix than most organisations (at least in NZ?)
Ada LovelaceLast but by no means least - this lady wrote what is now recognised as the the very first computer program:
The Ada programming language was named after her and was one of the first object oriented programming languages:
[Ada Lovelace - not your stereotypical computer geek - source, also Wikipedia]