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Famous Female Programmers

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List of famous female programmers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female programmers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being programmers. There are thousand of females working as programmers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic programmers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a programmer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Audrey Tang to Jutta Degener.

While this isn't a list of all female programmers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female programmers?" and "Who are the best female programmers?"
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  • Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. Prior to joining the Navy, Hopper earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and was a professor of mathematics at Vassar College. Hopper attempted to enlist in the Navy during World War II but was rejected because she was 34...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Gender: Female
  • Leah Culver is a programmer. Culver is a 2006 computer science graduate of the University of Minnesota. In 2007, she co-founded the micro-blogging site Pownce, acquired by Six Apart in December 2008. She left Six Apart in February 2010. She co-founded Convore, focused on real time chat in 2011. In 2012, Convore added a new product, Grove.io which focuses on hosted real-time chat for companies and announced that Convore service will be discontinued on April 1, 2012. On September 15, Grove.io announced that it will cease service on October 13, 2012. Shortly thereafter on September 28, 2012, Revolution Systems announced that they had acquired Grove.io and would be continuing its operations....  more
    • Age: 37
    • Gender: Female
  • Rebecca Ann Heineman (born William Salvador Heineman) is an American video game designer and programmer. A long-time veteran of the video game industry (originally credited mostly as Bill Heineman), Heineman was a founding member of video game companies Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment and Olde Sküül. She acts as chief executive officer for Olde Sküül since 2013. ...  more
    • Age: 56
    • Gender: Female
  • Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    Jamie Faye Fenton (born Jay Fenton) is a game programmer best known for the 1981 hit arcade game Gorf and for being one of the creators of MacroMind's VideoWorks software (since renamed Macromedia Director). Jamie has been active in the transgender community and transitioned from male to female around 1998. Fenton was drawn to computer technology while in school because its highly predictable nature appealed to her and it provided a haven from being picked on by other students.In 1978, Jamie created an early example of glitch art entitled Digital TV Dinner ...  more
    • Gender: Female