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By Courtney Theim
Wed | Mar 8, 2017 | 4:09 PM PST

International Women's Day, celebrated March 8th, focuses on the empowerment and achievements of women through social, economic, cultural, and political successes. 

This year's theme is "Be Bold For Change," and we at SecureWorld would like to take a moment to recognize a few of the many women throughout history who have changed the fields of technology and cybersecurity for the better.

We thank them for their drive and passions, and for inspiring future generations of women to follow their dreams and make the world a better place. Here's to you:

Hedy Lamarr


Hedy Lamarr was labeled "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," and acted in more than 25 films alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Bob Hope. In 1933 at the age of 18, she married the CEO of a leading arms manufacturer in Austria. He openly discussed the latest technologies in front of her, assuming she didn't know A from Z.

Hedy eventually fled to America, taking her newfound knowledge with her. Her and musician George Antheil developed the idea of a secret communications system, an early form of frequency hopping and later, encryption. This technology is still used today in WiFi and Bluetooth.

"Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever." - Hedy Lamarr

Grace Hopper


Grace Hopper had a Ph.D. from Yale, and was a computer scientist who joined the U.S. Navy's WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) program in 1945. She is credited for helping invent some of the earliest computer programming languages, including the Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) to help programmers communicate in spite of binary code.

Grace is also attributed to coining the term "computer bug" after she found an actual moth inside of one of the computers she was working on. She also has the honor of being crowned as "Queen of Software" by late-night show host David Letterman.

"The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'" - Grace Hopper

Radia Perlman


Radia's innovations in security have helped shape how data moves and is organized across networks. She is best known for her invention of STP (spanning-tree protocol), which is crucial to the functioning of network bridges. She also improved TRILL (TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links), which expanded the bandwidth of Ethernet. 

She is often referred to as the "Mother of the Internet," which she dislikes. "It's overreaching because I don't think any single individual deserves credit for inventing the Internet," she said in an Intel Free Press story.

“The world would be a better place if more engineers, like me, hated technology. The stuff I design, if I’m successful, nobody will ever notice. Things will just work, and be self-managing." - Radia Perlman