Let’s hope Computer Science Education Week is an impetus for Congress to act

Were Grace Hopper still alive, she’d turn 107 years young on Monday, December 9th, ITIC.org reports. Grace Hopper, as I’m sure you know, served in the United States Navy with great distinction.  She first enlisted in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, and served in various roles in the Navy until 1986, when she retired as the oldest active-duty commissioned officer at nearly 80 years of age.  At the time of her retirement, she was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal –the highest non-combat award bestowed by the Defense Department.  Hopper was also arguably one of the brightest minds of her generation, and undoubtedly one of the sharpest computer programmers this country has ever known.  She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging,” helped design an entirely new computer programming language, and oh by the way, has a U.S. Navy destroyer named after her…

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