In the wake of the University’s decision to rename Calhoun College, female STEM students and faculty have lauded the choice to honor mathematician and computer science pioneer Grace Hopper GRD ’34. However, many point out that celebrating Hopper’s legacy is only a small step toward tackling a larger issue at Yale: the underrepresentation of women in STEM.
Hopper, a United States Navy rear admiral who obtained both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, is widely recognized for her pivotal role in advancing the field of computer science. At Yale, many faculty and students said they regard Hopper as not only an expert in her field, but also a crucial role model for women in STEM.
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