Admiral Grace Hopper always said the one thing she is most proud of is her service in the United States Navy. In the U.S., we celebrate Memorial Day to remember and honor those who sacrifice daily and proudly serve in the military.
We continue to recognize that groups have their own challenges and while we are all Systers, we have more focused special interests sub-communities. Our newest communities have just formed.
Her vision and strong belief has helped women in computing and technology around the world.
Systers received a special invitation from the Grace Hopper Heritage Committee to attend Grace Hopper’s Wreath Laying Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The community was excited and many area D.C. Systers planned on attending and RSVP early. The significance of this event came full circle for the community as the first Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing was held in Washington, D.C. in 1994.
Since 2007, Systers have been giving back to our community and women around the world through the Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Awards. These awards ($500 – $1,000) help women across the globe have a huge impact through technology in their own communities. Award monies are used to pay for school, supplemental fees, to start ICT programs for girls in their communities, code workshops for women, and much more. The impact is long lasting and continues to spark innovative program development that brings about positive change .