Have you heard, that the first programmer was a woman – Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Analytical Engine was a proposed mechanical general-purpose computer designed by English mathematician Charles Babbage.
Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often considered the world’s first computer programmer.
Here’s an interesting TEDc talk The Greatest Machine That Never Was byJohn Graham-Cumming.