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Right now, she’s working on her first directorial project, a documentary short about Grace Hopper, one of the very first computer programmers. “When I see footage of women programming in the 1940s I get chills,” she says. “There were many female programmers in the 1940s and ’50s, and they made major contributions to the field. Programming was originally seen as a ‘female profession.’ I want people to know names like Betty Holberton, Jean Bartik, Katherine Johnson, and Annie Easley, in addition to Grace Hopper.”

She also hopes that bringing these women’s stories to light will help influence the current state of gender disparity in STEM industries. “I think informing women and girls about their past and exciting them for the future go hand in hand.”

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“It’s so cool to see [Tina Fey and Amy Poehler] become producers as well. I love Broad City—Amy produces that show—and Tina’s producing this new NBC show starring Ellie Kemper,” she says. “I think that’s the best use of your own personal power, to help other people along.”