On August 2, 2018, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) endorsed the bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to ‘Hidden Figures’ Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their work at NASA.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. It is awarded to those who have performed an achievement that has had an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized in the recipient’s field for years to come.
“Beyond question, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden are legendary Black women in tech whose skills and perspectives made a significant impact on technological innovation, despite societal challenges,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Saunders in a statement of support. “Honoring these women with the Congressional Gold Medal would further the conversation about the critical need to diversify computing fields while inspiring generations to come.”
U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), along with 44 of their colleagues, introduced the bill to commend these women for their contributions and highlight their broader impact on society; paving the way for women, especially women of color, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Read the full press release issued by U.S. Senator Christopher Coons online.
NCWIT recognized Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden with the 2015 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award for technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation. View the award ceremony from the 2015 NCWIT Summit archive video online.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
NCWIT receives significant financial support from Lifetime Partner Apple; Strategic Partners NSF, Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, Intel, Merck, and AT&T; as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Bloomberg, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm, and Facebook.
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