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Why Grace Hopper?

Grace Murray Hopper (1906 – 1992) was much more than a mathematician, computer scientist, systems designer, and programmer. She was a trailblazer with a visionary spirit who overcame multiple barriers to become a Rear Admiral in the Navy and a pioneer in the field of computer programming. By naming our annual awards after Grace Hopper, we honor her legacy. It is in this spirit that we introduce you to the winners of this year's Seattle Girls' School Grace Hopper awards.


Martha Choe
The Grace Hopper Award for Exemplary Leadership

The Award for Exemplary Leadership is given to a Northwest woman who has exhibited servant leadership and created pathways for women to become leaders in their community. With a successful career as a leader in all three sectors, most recently leading the largest private foundation in the world (Gates Foundation), Martha Choe is now in her retirement, or as she calls it, re-wirement. 

Drawing on her own experiences of receiving support and encouragement from others, she seeks out young people to mentor. During her visit to SGS, Martha Choe shared with the girls how important it was to surround herself with people who had confidence in her leadership, even when she did not. Martha also shared her love of learning and how she's looking forward to continuing her quest to be a lifelong learner throughout her re-wirement.
 


Maxine Hayes, M.D.
The Grace Hopper Award for Outstanding 
Achievement

The Award for Outstanding Achievement is given to a Northwest woman who has achieved greatness in her chosen field. As the Washington State Health Officer, the state’s “top doctor”, Dr. Hayes advised the governor and other state officials on public health policy issues. Her focus was not only disease prevention, but on the promotion of healthy living. Throughout her life and career, Dr. Hayes has continually exhibited a pioneering spirit. Growing up in the "Jim Crow south", but surrounded by a strong and supportive family, church, and community, she believed she could be anything she wanted. From determining she would be a scientist while in middle school, to ultimately being appointed as the state's first African-American State Health Officer, Dr. Hayes achieved greatness despite often having no forerunners on her path.

At our community meeting, she said, "I've made it my life work to really focus on bringing some equity of opportunity for all people." Dr. Hayes encouraged the girls by saying they, too, could overcome obstacles and that it's not where you came from, but where you are going that matters.

Don't miss hearing from Martha Choe and Maxine Hayes, M.D. at our Luncheon on May 14.

To learn more about Grace Hopper, the "mother of the computer" and one of the original computer engineers, watch this short film »
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

[Full SGS Calendar here » ]
  • April 3 - No Classes [In-Service Day]
  • April 9 - CAP Monthly Meeting, 8:30-9:30 AM
  • April 13-17 - No School [Spring Break]
  • April 23 - No Classes [In-Service + Take Your Daughter to Work Day]
  • April 24 - Talent Showcase, 6 PM
 
 

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