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Guide for Women in Computer Science: History, Roles, and Resources

Women such as Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician often recognized as the first programmer in history, and Katherine Johnson, whose calculations helped ensure safe NASA space missions, have played a critical role in advancing computer science. More recently, leaders such as YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty continue to drive technological innovation. The achievements of women throughout history have pushed the boundaries of computer science. Paying homage to women who have made significant contributions to computer science is a critical first step in closing that gap. Understanding the leadership roles available to women in computer science and how to reach them are also crucial building blocks for creating a more equitable workforce.