The Best of Systers Blog Ending Our 25th Anniversary With A Birthday Party!
25 years of Systers, can you believe it? What an extraordinary year this has been. We started our year with a global meetup to celebrate Anita Borg’s birthday, the founder of the community. Systers did their part throughout the year helping young girls and teenagers learn more about computing fields. Anita’s Quilt ran a Systers campaign throughout September highlighting Systers and their stories about the community. We had a lot of activities scheduled at Grace Hopper Celebration in Baltimore and I personally met so many Systers from all countries. But we are ending our anniversary celebration with a birthday party!
It is only fitting that we end our year by celebrating Grace Hopper’s birthday, December 9th. It was the name Anita Borg gave to Anita Borg Institute’s flagship conference in honor of a woman that epitomizes women’s contribution to computing. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was not only a famous computer scientist, but a U.S. military leader, mathematician and educator. She lead an incredible team on UNIVAC and Cobol programming languages. One team member, Adele Mildred (Milly) Koss recently passed away in September. Pioneering women in Computer Science have paved the way for women today to be innovative, daring and confident in their abilities to contribute to the computing fields. Anita’s Quilt is an effort that tells stories to inspire young women and future women to stay on track.
Our Systers community is a community of women who are among the smartest people in the world. Systers are keeping the computing world on its toes. From our predecessors, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Anita Borg, Milly Koss and others, to Meg Whitman, Ursula Burns, Marissa Mayer and tomorrow’s leaders, Systers. We celebrate yesterday, today and tomorrow by honoring Grace Hopper on Dec 9th. What are you going to do?