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The most influential women in tech history

With their big ideas and clever inventions, these inspirational women left an indelible mark on the world and set us on a path to a brighter future.
Annie Easley poses for a picture at NASA.
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Women With Byte

Technology can empower society, yet stories of the important women who have shaped that tech are often overshadowed — or even erased. Women With Byte is a continuing series of articles in which we look at the many contributions women have made to technology past and present, the hurdles they faced (and overcame), and the foundations for the future they’ve laid for the next generations.

10 female inventors who changed the world forever

The women on this list have risen above inequality, creating products and services that have truly changed the world.
Marie Curie In Her Laboratory.

The legacy of Sally Ride: America’s first woman in space

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, didn't fit NASA's archetype for a female astronaut -- and that's precisely why she was such a pioneer.
Sally Ride aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Victoria Tran has a game-changing idea for changing video games

Victoria Tran, community director of Innersloth, has some big ideas on how video game design can foster kindness, community, and positive relationships
Victoria Tran, community director at Innersloth, the studio behind Among Us

How Hedy Lamarr built the foundations of Wi-Fi 80 years ago

Hedy Lamarr is best known for her work as an actress, but she also co-invented a radio communication technique that laid the foundation for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Hedy Lamarr, inventor of frequency hopping.

How Ada Lovelace became a feminist icon and a computer pioneer

Ada Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer -- an achievement she earned nearly a century before the creation of the first computer
a painting of Ada Lovelace.

5 games by female developers you should check out

In honor of Women's History Month, here are five games from female developers that you should absolutely look into.
A living room in Unpacking.

Meet the ‘Pirate Queen’ fighting to kill paywalls on research

She built a tool for pirating paywalled research papers in 2011. Today, more than a decade after launch, she's still fighting for open access.
Alexandra Elbakyan, founder of Sci-Hub, poses for a photo.

Meet Gen Z’s fierce female founders aiming to radically reshape the tech world

Gen Z startup founders are on the rise, and many of them have plans to radically overhaul industries and institutions that haven’t budged for decades.
Gen Z Women Illustration

Women with Byte: Vivienne Ming’s plan to solve ‘messy human problems’ with A.I.

As a theoretical neuroscientist and A.I. expert, Dr. Vivienne Ming is on a mission to solve what she calls messy human problems with the help of A.I.
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How ‘The Last Stargazers’ are changing astronomy

Astronomy has come a long way in the past 50 years, especially for women.
Emily Levesque

Astronaut Christina Koch says NASA can ‘absolutely’ get to the moon by 2024

“The future of human space exploration is bright,” Koch told Digital Trends 
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From the Arctic to Antarctica, Erika Bergman pilots submarines to the seafloor

She has one of the coolest jobs in the world, and she wants other girls to follow in her footsteps
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911 hotlines are outdated, so Ginny Katz is building something better

The founder of HazAdapt is creating an emergency response app for everyone
HazAdapt app in use

How Susan Kare gave Apple’s Mac its personality

The designer of the icons and typefaces for the original Apple Mac, Susan Kare helped give a friendly personality to computers at a time when most people still found them a bit scary.
susan kare happy mac

Dr. Cecilia Bitz tracks sea ice as it disappears at unprecedented levels

If you want a barometer for climate change, just look at the changes in sea ice. Dr. Cecilia Bitz is an atmospheric scientist who studies sea ice and all the problems that come with its disappearance.
cecilia bitz sea ice polar bear unsplash

How pioneering pilot Jackie Cochran helped and hurt the Women in Space Program

Before Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, Jackie Cochran funded the Women in Space Program. The pioneering woman pilot never realized her dream of venturing into space.
Jacqueline Cochran standing outside of a P-40 Warhawk Fighter Plane

Nonny de la Peña wants to put virtual reality within Reach

Telling a story in VR can sometimes pack a punch regular films can’t. As a pioneer in immersive journalism, Nonny de la Peña wants to open that experience to everyone with her Reach platform.
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Hidden figures of the Manhattan Project: Meet the women behind the A-bomb (Part 2)

Participants of the Manhattan Project went on to win an impressive amount of Nobel Prizes, but the women scientists who worked along with them are often overlooked. They too had Ph.D.s in physics and chemistry but had few opportunities than their male contemporaries. This is the their story.
Women Scientists of the Manhattan Project

Hidden figures of the Manhattan Project: Meet the women behind the A-bomb (Part 1)

Participants of the Manhattan Project went on to win an impressive amount of Nobel Prizes, but the women scientists who worked along with them are often overlooked. They too had Ph.D.s in physics and chemistry but had few opportunities than their male contemporaries. This is their story.
women scientists of the manhattan project part 1

4 women innovators who are using tech to help others live better lives

Meet four women leaders who are not only at the forefront of technology today, but also using tech — from robotics and medicine to food and undergarments — to help others.
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Many pioneers in computing were women of color. Here are 5 you should recognize

The pioneers in the history of computer science include women of color, who brought forth stunning technological innovations that we still benefit from today. We look at the stories of five of these women.
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One of Nat Geo’s first female photographers captured stories others ignored

Annie Griffiths has spent 40 years as a photojournalist, starting her career as one of the first women photographers at National Geographic. She now runs her own nonprofit working to empower women around the globe.
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Long before Gates or Jobs, 6 women programmed the first digital computer

ENIAC was the world's first electronic digital computer, and it was programmed by a team of six women. Remembering their contributions could inspire more young women to pursue careers in the tech industry.
Patsy Simmers, holding ENIAC board; Gail Taylor, holding EDVAC board; Milly Beck, holding ORDVAC board; and Norma Stec, holding BRLESC-I board.

Breaking the glass ceiling: 6 women in tech you should know

In honor of International Women's Day, we've rounded up some of the most influential women in tech, from senior executives at major companies, to women pushing for more inclusion and diversity in a field traditionally dominated by men.
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Google Play’s Change the Game is here to empower women in mobile gaming

Google Play's next initiative, Change the Game, aims to shed light on the underrepresentation of women in the gaming industry. The interactive online experience walks you through the relationship between women and mobile games.
Change the Game

Google uses ‘Wonder Woman’ to inspire next generation of female programmers

Google and Made With Code have developed an interactive coding project based on Warner Bros. upcoming Wonder Woman film to introduce teen girls to the fundamentals of computer science.
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