Ada Lovelace. Grace Hopper. Hedy Lamarr. Betty Holberton. Katherine Johnson. Annie Easley. Karen Spärck Jones. Margaret Hamilton. These are women everyone should know because of the pioneering and game-changing contributions they’ve made to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. To honor them, Case 24, a Netherlands-based, bespoke phone case company, has released its new F-email Collection. The eight different cases included feature portraits of each woman, all illustrated by French designer Candice Massaria, and give back to the Global Fund for Women.
Launched earlier in March to coincide with Women’s History Month, the F-email Collection hit our radar and we were excited to see that five of the past and present STEM icons it celebrates have been profiled on Women You Should Know: Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), Grace Hopper (1906-1992), Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000), Katherine Johnson (1918-present), Annie Easley (1933-2011), and Margaret Hamilton (1936-present).
Through their vibrant and beautifully illustrated phone cases, Case 24’s mission is to “tell the stories of these incredible women, whose stories are too often unheard,” and to “highlight the incredible achievements of women in technology – many of which are too often forgotten.” Our WYSK team has been doing this very work every day for the last 8 years, but prior to seeing the F-email cases, even we did not know computer programmer and inventor Betty Holberton (1917-2001) or computer scientist Karen Spärck Jones (1935-2007). So from our perspective… mission accomplished.
In a statement to WYSK, Philip Donker, CEO of Case 24, shared the company’s inspiration behind creating the collection. “The underrepresentation of women in STEM is a key issue, and one which we are too well aware of working in a field closely aligned with the STEM industry ourselves. Women only currently account for 24% of the STEM industry and there is a lack of visible encouragement and role models provided to young girls to inspire them towards a career in STEM.” He added, “Ironically however, women have been some of the greatest pioneers in tech history – for example the first ever computer programmer was a woman, and it is a woman we have to thank for the communications system which is the fundamental basis of the WiFi and bluetooth technology we so heavily rely on today.”
Aiming to drive visibility, honor women in tech history, and inspire more women and girls to pursue STEM careers, the F-email Collection is also designed “for a further greater good.” Donker confirmed to WYSK that Case 24 donated “all of its profits from all sales on International Women’s Day – including the F-email collection and all of our other ranges – to the Global Fund for Women,” one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls. For the remainder of March, the company will continue to donate 100% of profits from all F-email Collection phone cases to the Global Fund for Women. Each phone case in the F-email Collection is $19.95.