April 10, 2018 - by Tori Tsu

#BeLikeEdie: 2018 Edie Windsor Coding Scholarships are now open!

Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Katherine Johnson. You may recognize these pioneering women who paved the way for other women in computer science. Do you also know Edith Windsor?

A leading lady in the world of computer science, Edith "Edie" Windsor spent decades working with mainframe computers at NYU and IBM. In addition to winning a competitive IBM PhD. Scholarship, in 1987 Edie was honored by the National Computing Conference as a Pioneer in Operating systems.

In addition to her ground-breaking work in computer science, Edie was also a leader for the (New York) LGBT community. Her landmark case, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Windsor decision, laid a foundation for many breakthroughs for equal rights.

It's no surprise, then, that the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship is named in her honor.


We're thrilled to partner with the Lesbians Who Tech (LWT) community, who, like many underrepresented groups, are turning to coding schools because they are more accessible than four-year Computer Science degrees. Along with LWT, we want to be a part of telling her story, so that future generations of technical queer women can know her, helping inspire future generations of LGBTQ technical women to #BeLikeEdie. Learning how to code is more than education, it’s economic opportunity.

The Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund makes it possible for LGBTQ gender nonconforming women to kickstart their careers in technology.

This scholarship is open to LGBTQ gender nonconforming women. Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Lesbians Who Tech scholarship committee. For more information, please visit our Scholarships page. Submissions are due by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 


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