There have been many pioneers recognised for their work within the forever-changing technology world. Usually we hear about Steve Jobs, Alan Turing, Bill Gates etc…

However, there have been many women throughout history who have led the way in making technology what it is today.

Here’s a list of 6 women technology pioneers we think you should know about.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamar, a Women in Tech Pioneer

Lamarr was particularly valuable in WW2. She helped manipulate radio frequencies which prevented messages being intercepted by the enemy. 

She is also known for inventing Spread Spectrum Technology (aka Wireless Communication). This kickstarted the revolution of Wireless Connection Devices.

Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman, a Women in Tech pioneer

Perlman invented the algorithm behind the Spanning Tree Protocol. Her invention has allowed the internet to grow success to success. In basic terms, she transformed IT technology to withhold large networks with 100s of thousands of nodes.

Grace Hopper


Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer. She developed one of the first modern programming languages COBOL. Her contribute to computer programming has led to growth across programming languages, for example, Python.

Hu Qiheng

Hu Qiheng, a Women in Tech pioneer
(Internet Hall Of Fame)

Without Hu Qiheng, revolutionising China may have been a more difficult task. She led the project team which brought internet to mainland China. She then went on to establish the China Internet Network Information Centre and co-founded the Internet Society of China.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, a Women in Tech pioneer
(Computer History Museum)

Perhaps the most likely woman in tech to be spoken about, Lovelace is known to be the first computer programmer. Initially, she translated a short article describing the analytical engine. However, she was later asked to elaborate as she had much more understanding than anyone else on the machine (which wasn’t invented). The elaborated article included early computer programs, potential uses of the machine, and the manipulation of symbols.

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker, a Women in Tech pioneer

Have you heard of Firefox? Baker is the founder of the non-profit tech company Mozilla, who went on to create Firefox.

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