Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Stephanie "Steve" Shirley
Born: September 16, 1933, in Dortmund, Germany
- British businesswoman and philanthropist best known for founding the software company F.I. Group (later Xansa, since acquired by Steria) in 1962.
- She was concerned with creating work opportunities for women with dependents, and employed only women until the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 made that illegal.
- Adopted the name "Steve" to help her in the male-dominated business world.
- President of the British Computer Society from 1989 to 1990.
Honors and awards
- Assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 (2013).
- Appointed by Prime Minister as first Ambassador for Philanthropy (2009).
- Received the Beacon Fellowship Prize for her contribution to countering autism and for her pioneering work in harnessing information technology for the public good (2003).
- Promoted Dame Commander (DBE) (2000).
- Received the Mountbatten Medal (1999).
- Gained the Freedom of the City of London (1987).
- Awarded a Recognition of Information Technology Award (1985).
- Appointed Officer of the OBE )Order of the British Empire) (1980).
- Let IT Go (2012).