I go to a lot of networking events. I take classes, go to conferences, and even keep my LinkedIn up to date. With the competitive job market, it's easy to feel like you can always be doing more to advance your career. One woman we can all take notes from is Grace Hopper.
In 1941, Grace left her teaching job at Vasser to join the Navy and help the efforts of World War II. As one of the very first women to have a Ph.D. in math, she was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University. There she was able to learn how to program the Mark I computer.
Her experience during the war not only helped the war effort but it also grew her career. She was able to work with Mark II and Mark III computers and eventually get a job in the private sector.
From there her success sky rocketed! In 1952, she created the first compiler. A compiler translates code into computer language. Despite others telling her that we would never be able to program computers using English!
She advocated for the Defense Department to have many small computers that would connect and talk to each other over one big network, rather than one huge computer. She developed the standards to test computer systems. She even brought popularity to the term "computer bug," inspired by a moth found in a computer during her days at Harvard.
After retiring at age 60, she went out of retirement for four years to help the Navy. After a few more years of going in and out of retirement, she finally retired at the age of 79. This made her the oldest active duty member in the United States Navy.
Even then this lady couldn't rest. She spent the rest of her life lecturing students and inspiring future computer programmers.
Even though she was retired from the Navy, she proudly wore her uniform at every lecture.
Grace passed away at the age of 85. She has since been honored repeatedly. Her latest honor was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016.