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It was a sad statement that a discussion of women who've had an impact in technology, specifically computer science, often results in a discussion of just one woman, Admiral Grace Hopper (1906-1992).
Is it really the case that women have had so little an impact on IT and computer science since Hopper gave us COBOL and started the revolution that would result in more languages than there are letters in the alphabet?

Was Hopper really the last woman to have an impact, or is it just that we are, for some reason, far less recognized by the wider technology community?

I asked Don, who do you think of when I say PERL? He shook his head, not knowing the name, but knowing it was "the guy who created PERL." But when I think of PERL I think of Jacinta Richardson. Her name is - and was and should be - widely known for her expertise on the subject, and most people know if you get stumped using PERL, seek out Jacinta - she'll set you straight. Books on PERL often carry a recommendation from her, which to many in the wider Web-development community carries a great deal of weight. She's a Saint on Perlmonger, and writes a mean ASCII art sig to boot.

What about Carla Schroeder? Her Linux Cookbook from O'Reilly is one of the best selling books on Linux in the last year, and she's working on more. She knows Linux like very few know Linux, yet very few of us know her name and can associate it with the operating system.

Need more? Here's a fairly good list, not all-inclusive of course, but none-the-less a good list of women contributing heavily to Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (my true love within the wider field of Computer Science).

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