DevOpsGroup Blog International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we asked our team to tell us which women have inspired them throughout their career out and why. Take a look at their responses:

A woman I celebrate today is:

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin

Abisoye was listed top of the BBC 100 Women 2018 list, and one of 10 CNN Heroes. She set up and run a free GirlsCoding organisation is Lagos, Nigeria which is a free program that educates girls about computer programming. She also founded the wider Pearls Africa Foundation.
Take a look at an article about Abisoye.

Nominated by our People Success Associate – Stuart Hastings

Caroline Criado Perez

As well as getting Jane Austen on the £10 note and the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Sq, she’s also written an excellent book on how the world is designed for men because women are invisible in data. She is my hero.

Nominated by our Client Success Manager – Isabel Robson

Margaret Hamilton

Margaret was in charge of writing the navigation software that got Apollo 11 to the moon. The picture on the left is her, standing next to a printout of software test results from the code she and her team put together. The right is her, yesterday, age 80, being awarded the presidential of freedom (nothing to do with freedom, just an acknowledgment of contribution to the US).
She’s also largely credited with coining the phrase “software engineering“, which was initially laughed off as “not really engineering“, mainly because it was a mental task, without a physical aspect. It is now a very, very standard term to see used.
All in an era – the 1960s – where the idea of women in a technical role was seen as pretty absurd.

Nominated by our Agile Coach – Richard Coupe

Carrie Anne Philbin

Carrie Anne Philbin inspired me as I was getting into university that taking a degree in Computer Science was the right thing to do. She started off as an ICT teacher in London, and after seeing that the uptake of ICT was low in girls started a series on YouTube called the GeekGirlDiaries. From there she has not only inspired thousands of girls but is now the Director of Education for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She inspires me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.
Take a Look at her book, Adventures in Raspberry Pi.

Nominated by our Engineering Intern – Katherine Axten

Naus Català

Naus is the only Catalan survivor of the concentration camp of Ravensbrück. She is 103 years old and still fighting against fascism.

Nominated by our Product Manager – Mireia Sangalo

Angela Jean Ahrendts DBE

Angela is Senior VP of Retail at Apple and over recent years has transformed the retail experience for Apple Customers, unlike anything I have seen on the high street before. Her efforts inspire me to “Think Differently”, put the customer first and never compromise on quality.

Nominated by our Engineer – Nathan Davies

Dorothy Jean Crooker nee Whyte

The reason she will forever be a huge inspiration to me is that back in 1942 during World War and at the age of 21, she left the small village of Llanhillaith and went to work under strict secrecy at Bletchley Park. Her work, alongside hundreds of others, played an instrumental role in the breaking of the German Enigma code. She never spoke of her work there until our second visit to the Bletchley museum in 2011.

Nominated by our People Success Associate – Lauren Crooker

Pamela Rose & The Women at Bletchley Park

I’m fortunate enough to have been a few times and even met a few of the survivors. They worked in secret and helped end the war through codebreaking. One of the most humble quotes from one in particular – Pamela Rose:
There are so many people who say they ‘saved the war’. I know I didn’t. But I daresay I – we – did alright

Nominated by our Client Success Manager – Kim Hutchinson

Oprah Winfrey

Despite a very difficult childhood, born to a single mother, growing up in poverty and suffering from child abuse, she is North America’s first black multi-billionaire and has been ranked the greatest philanthropist in American history. She has a lot of great quotes, but one of my favourites is “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.

Nominated by our Client Success Manager – Stephenie Caswell

Mair Martin

This awesome lady is my grandmother – Mair Martin. She was a generation well above her own. She grew up during the war and helped in the factories making ammunition as well as educating herself in her late teens. She met my Bamp at a tennis competition where she said that if he could beat her, she would take him out for dinner. He lost and ended up paying for dinner!
She ran a parcel/delivery business and brought it up from the ground with my bamp as well as working in BT at the same time. She had a knack at stocks and shares, accounting, handling clients and project management. She embraced technology and even was using computers in the 80s and 90s when they were not as common.
She died just over 10 years ago from a broken heart from losing my Bamp to Mesothelioma 6 months previously. She will always be the most formidable hero in my eyes.

Nominated by our Business Operations Senior – Kate Martin

Susan Cain

Susan is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. As a very quiet woman who works in Design and Tech (which are both industries heavily dominated by men) I can often feel small and overwhelmed, but after reading her book I found a strength in my quiet nature and found new different strengths within myself. She has helped me (and many others) be a proud introvert.

Nominated by our Graphic Designer – Claire Mabbett

Sophie Young

I have always aspired to be like my older sister from a very young age. Despite nabbing clothes off one another and arguing about who it actually belonged to, we always made up and our relationship has changed over the years as we have grown up.
My sister has taught me so much without even realising, from how to deal with breakups, how to be a strong, confident woman and most importantly how to rock my own style and own it.
I am so lucky to have a sister and best friend wrapped up into one!

Nominated by our People Success Associate – Lucy Young

Retta Scott

She is was the first woman to receive screen credit as an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, though not the first to work on a production. Historically women’s contribution to Disney animated films were not credited, unlike male colleagues. She succeeded in a largely male-dominated workplace and culture and went on to inspire many more women in animation.

Nominated by our Client Success Manager – Martin Spicer

Amali de Alwis

Amali is doing so many great things with Code first: Girls. One of her quotes that I like is “You really need to be creative, you need to be a good problem-solver, to be in tech.

Nominated by our Client Success Manager – Roger Bearpark

We have partnered up with Microsoft to run Bootcamp on 2nd May in Cardiff for women who are interested in Data Science. Fancy coming along? Click here to find out more information.


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