VIDEO: 538’s Grace Hopper Documentary Will Give You A Double Dose of Inspiration

You may have read about Grace Hopper before, and if you did then you’d know that she was a badass computer science trailblazer in a field dominated by men. But, as 538 reveals in a short documentary called “The Queen of Code,” Grace Hopper also invented a lot of the basic building blocks of computer science as we know it today, and spoiler: not only was she a badass, but she had a great sense of humor and knew how to lead entire teams of coders in the brave new frontier of programming. I’m always in favor of anything that highlights the contributions that women made in the early years of computing, and this video is an inspirational delight.


The documentary is directed by Gillian Jacobs, she of Community and Life Partners, I’ve already watched it twice this morning, and if you need a hero this afternoon/week/month/year/life, maybe consider Grace Hopper for the position?

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  1. Wow, if I was wearing a hat right now I would tip infinite times. As other have said what a total badass.

    On a side note, I was a bit surprised to see ESPN made this. Actually, a fan of their documentaries and 30 for 30 series as they are so well produced.

  2. This was awesome! Such an inspiration. I had to watch a video on the “early history of computing” for a class I took last year, and it started about 10 or 20 years after Grace Hopper’s ideas leading to COBOL and completely left out the contributions of women in early computer science. It was all about the contributions of the men at Apple and IBM in the 70s and 80s.

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