Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! This day is all about celebrating the vast number of social, economic, cultural, technical and political achievements of women throughout history. Innovation, perseverance and respect are core to our mission at Bugcrowd, so we couldn’t let the day go by without highlighting a great woman who has inspired us every step of the way — Grace Hopper.  

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper, once known as the “Queen of Software” has long been one of our company heroes. Those of you who know about Grace Hopper’s reputation as the pioneer and accolades understand why, and for those of you who don’t, prepare to be hugely impressed. Read about Grace’s accomplishments here, or watch this Letterman interview to get a glimpse into just why she is so inspiring to so many people.

“I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past”

-Grace Hopper

Throughout her academic, industry, and military careers, Grace inspired those around her, and never gave up on her good ideas. Her programming work paved the way for broader use of the computer, as well as set the foundation for modern programming languages. She is of course is a leading example for women in technology.

Perhaps one of the reasons we at Bugcrowd initially saw her as the original thought leader is her influence on the hacking world. She coined the term “software bug” after pulling out an actual moth from the Mark II in 1947. Not only is Grace one of the first “bug” hunters, she also embodies Bugcrowd’s key tenets: innovation, perseverance and respect. As a trailblazing woman, brilliant computer scientist and forward-thinking leader, her approach resonates with us and her accomplishments inspire all of us.

“It’s always easier to apologize for something you’ve already done than to get approval for it in advance.”

-Grace Hopper

We are glad that her legacy continues to be recognized, and we hope that our work pioneering the crowdsourced security economy–utilizing technology and the power of human creativity to secure the world’s most integral companies–would have made her proud.

“No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.”

-Grace Hopper

To get your own ‘Grace Hopper has a Posse’ t-shirt, visit our online shop. Profits from sales of all Grace Hopper swag will be passed back to the Grace Hopper Celebration scholarship grants, which award hundreds of student and faculty scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration. This once in a lifetime chance, allows academics to connect with other women in computing, hear stories from peers and experts in computing, and get quality career advice specific to their needs.