Watch this 16 minute video about Admiral Grace Hopper put together by fivethirtyeight.com
Not only should every girl and women who loves technology know about Grace Hopper, but so should every boy and man.
Originally considered too small (she only weighed 105 pounds) to be able to join the navy during World War II. Grace persisted and was able to leave Vassar college where she was a professor of mathematics to join the navy and start working with the Navy's Mark I computer in 1943. In total Grace spent over 40 years in the Navy and at her retirement was the oldest serving member of the US military and had attained the rank of rear admiral.
Grace was instrumental in laying the framework into which COBOL (COmmon Business Oriented Language) was formed. Originally introduced in 1959, COBOL made it to the #13 most common languages on the TIOBE Index for January, 2015.
In 1994 Anita Borg and Telle Whitney founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and in 2014 it was attended by 8,000 people! So save the date for the 2015 conference, October 14-16 in Houston, Texas.
Anyone who says "programming is for boys" just doesn't understand...