March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
“One of Keeper’s driving missions is to promote diversity and inclusion within our organization by seeking out the best and brightest candidates, globally. We have observed a greater number of women entering the technology industry which has been an essential factor in building our culture and strength, as an organization,” says Darren Guccione, Keeper CEO and Co-Founder.
Keeper wouldn’t be where it is today without the contributions of all our employees. We are proud to employ the most intelligent, highly capable team members at all of our offices. Lauren Word, who leads HR at Keeper Security, explains, “It has always been our goal to make Keeper an organization with great diversity and inclusion. We’ve created an amazing team and are very proud of the sensational women at Keeper who share in our mission.”
As an organization, we encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This will have a profound, positive and long-term impact on the technology industry.
The IT field would not be where it is today without the contributions of brilliant, inventive and forward-thinking women. History should not be forgotten – here are just a few ground-breakers:
- Ada Lovelace (1815–1852), daughter of poet Lord Byron, was a brilliant mathematician and is considered the first computer programmer. She published the first machine algorithm, and the programming language Ada was named after her.
- Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000), was an Old Hollywood movie star and inventor who developed the frequency-hopping technology that would later allow the invention of wireless signals like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. She was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
- Jean Bartik (1924–2011) was a mathematician and one of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer. She went on to work on BINAC and UNIVAC, and also spent time at a variety of technical companies as a writer, manager, engineer and programmer.
- Grace Hopper (1906–1992) was a mathematician, computer scientist and United States Navy officer who developed one of the world’s first compilers — in her spare time, no less! One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she popularized the idea of high-level programming languages. Her work in this area led to the development of COBOL, which is still in use today.
- In the 1960s, women known as the “computer girls” not only dominated computer programming but were also thought to be “naturals” in the field, as covered in a 1967 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Today, Keeper celebrates these great women, past and present, who have made and continue to be creative innovative and forward-thinking contributions to the technology industry.