1927 Elsie Eaves
American Society of Civil Engineers names first female member.
1934 Grace Hopper
Computer scientist graduates from Yale with a Ph. D. in math goes on to be a pioneer in the field of computer programming.
1939 Marjorie Joyner
Inventor becomes the first African-American woman to receive a patent for inventing a mechanism to curl or straighten hair.
1965 Stephanie Kwolek
Female chemist invents Keviar, the material used in bullet-proof vests.
1979 Ruzena Bajcsy
Computer scientist creates the first robots to sense and respond to their environment.
1983 Sally Ride
Physicist becomes the first American woman to fly into space, making her a household name.
1985 Radia Perlman
“Mother of the internet” invests Spanning Tree Protocol, forever changing how we utilize and navigate the internet.
1989 Adriana Ocampo
Space geologist discovers remnants of the asteroid impact that may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
2004 Susan Hockfield
Massachusetts Institute of Technology elects first female president.
2009 Women’s Empowerment Principles
Symantec takes the lead in signing the U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles.
2011 Limor “Ladyada” Fried
Wired Magazine features its first woman engineer on the cover.
2012 Marissa Mayer
Yahoo! Appoints Marissa Mayer President and CEO, making her the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.