"Just because you don't fit the classic mold, doesn't mean you can't be a leader."
Jess Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Polyvore
In recognition of Women's History Month and last week being National Engineering Week, we would like to celebrate the contributions women have made to the STEM field. Beginning in 1967, Congress proclaimed that March would be designated to celebrate the achievements and contributions that women have made to all aspects of society.
In this post, we wish to concentrate on the accomplishments of women in the engineering field. Women account for nearly half of the workforce in the United States. According to the U.S Department of Labor, 59 percent participated in the field of social science, 14 percent were engineers, 47 percent mathematicians, and statisticians, 25 percent were computer scientists, and 41 percent worked as life scientists. These numbers continue to grow and have exponentially increased since the 1970's.
Here are some amazing women from all around the world who are making differences in engineering and computer science today:
Frances Allen is a pioneer in computer programming. Born in Peru, New York, she attended the New York State College for Teachers earning a bachelor degree in mathematics. She then recieved a master's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. Frances went to work for IBM were she taught incoming employees the basics of a computer programming language called Fortran. She only planned to stay as long as it took her to pay off her student loan, but ended up staying for the next 45 years.
Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian born mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. She received her bachelor degree from the Sharif University of Technology and later came to the United States where she earned her doctorate degree from Harvard University. In 2014, she was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, the Fields Medal for her contributions in the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. She was not only the first female to receive this award, but also the first Iranian to be honored. The world sadly lost this mathematical pioneer in 2017 due to her battle with breast cancer.
Ruchi Sanghvi was born in India and received both her bachelor and master's degrees in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She went to work for Facebook, where she was not only one of the sites early engineers, but was also the first female one. Sanghvi was instrumental in developing the sites News Feed. She later left Facebook and started her own