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Celebrate Grace Hopper’s Birthday

Born on December 9, 1906, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper revolutionized the world of tech. While serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, she worked on the Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III computers. Grace also helped create the first compiler for computer languages, and was the first female recipient of the National Medal of Technology in 1991. In 2016, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her many contributions to the field of computing.

To honor this computing pioneer, we at AnitaB.org have come up with some ways to celebrate her birthday and to remind the world that women have been— and will continue to be — significant changemakers in the tech world!

1) Meet “Amazing Grace”

Get a glimpse of the genius (and witty humor) of Grace Hopper in her own words! Watch her interview with David Letterman, and hear more about her impressive career.

You can also learn more about Grace and her work through various podcasts, books, and videos. See our full list of recommendations here.

2) Get Ready for GHC

Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by Grace’s legacy, the AnitaB.org flagship event Grace Hopper Celebration brings the research and career interests of women technologists together in a multiday event. Join us for GHC 20 in Orlando, Florida from September 29 — October 2, 2020. Learn more about the Celebration here!

3) Nominate Someone

There are many women out there who, like Grace Hopper, are making incredible contributions to the tech world. We at AnitaB.org celebrate and highlight these women through our prestigious Abie Awards, and invite our Abie winners to speak at GHC to inspire thousands of others. Do you know a woman in tech who deserves recognition for her work? Nominate her for an Abie Award today!

4) Inspiring the Next Generation of Coders

Sign up for Hour of Code, a global movement to teach one hour of code to millions of students. This event takes place during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15) in honor of the contributions that Admiral Grace Hopper made in the field.

5) Give a Shout Out

Connect with us on social media and share how Grace Hopper or another tech trailblazer has inspired you! You can also post your own story on our AnitaB.org Community platform. Here are some example messages you can post:

  • Happy birthday to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper whose influence on technology can still be felt today. Learn more about her today with some suggestions from #AnitaB: http://bit.ly/2qyqDDx
  • Today we celebrate the birthday of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. She was born on December 9, 1906 and revolutionized the world of tech. Learn more about her life and contributions to the tech world here: http://bit.ly/2qyqDDx #AnitaB
  • It’s Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s birthday! To honor this pioneer of technology, #AnitaB shared some fun information and ways to celebrate her contributions. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2qyqDDx

6) Support Our Work

As a nonprofit, AnitaB.org needs your help to put on events such as GHC and to create programs to support women in tech. There are many ways to support us, including volunteeringdonating, and becoming a sponsor or partner. Let’s work together to reach 50/50 intersectional tech equity by 2025!