TechWCW Intro

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a photo of Margaret Hamilton next to a stack of source code. It’s a powerful image and I found myself wondering about the girl in the photo so I began to do “research” aka stalk her on the internet.

The more I read about Margaret Hamilton, the more excited I became. Here was a woman doing unprecedented things with computers and technology, it was inspiring to see. I quickly sent out a few tweets with what I had discovered, and they quickly gained a lot of attention.

As my tweets gained traction, I continued to stare at the photo of Margaret and wished I had known about her as a girl, when I was learning to code. How inspiring it would have been to have that picture as a poster on my wall. I began to wonder how many amazing women from computing’s history I did not know about. So I composed one more tweet.

This tweet also gained a lot of traction, and so to satisfy my own curiosity and the internet I’m starting Tech Woman Crush Wednesday #techwcw, with an accompanying blog series.

The hashtag #wcw has been around for some time on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Users participate by sharing a picture of their favorite females who they admire or who inspire them. #techwcw is my attempt to continually inspire myself, and showcase incredible technical women who have done or are doing exceptional work.

This by no means is meant to be a definitive list, nor will it have any rank or order.  My plan is to release a new post featuring my current #techwcw at least once a month on the first Wednesday. Ideally there would be one once a week, but I have my own tech things to accomplish, other projects under way, and time constraints. If you have amazing technical women you think I’d enjoy learning about or would like to see featured, please send them my way, or play along on your favorite form of social media.

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