Ada Lovelace Day

By Hannah Little

It’s Ada Lovelace day on Friday!

Ada Lovelace was a 19th century writer who is famous for her work on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. She is often cited as the world’s first computer programmer. What a dude!

Ada Lovelace Day is a day to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It is a day of celebration to help people around the world learn about the achievements of women in an attempt to create new role models.

Ada Lovelace Day was started when Penelope Lockwood published a psychological study which found that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male role models. The paper concluded that “Outstanding women can function as inspirational examples of success, illustrating the kinds of achievements that are possible for women around them. They demonstrate that it is possible to overcome traditional gender barriers, indicating to other women that high levels of success are indeed attainable.”

As part of the celebrations the peeps over at findingada.com are holding a campaign to get people sharing their stories of women who have inspired them.

The website reads:

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!

As well as this you can add yourself to the directory for women in STEM (but only if you are a woman in STEM) by clicking here: http://findingada.com/account/register/

There are also a number of notable events happening across the UK which can be found here: http://findingada.com/events/

If you have a story about an inspirational woman in science please do consider submitting it here.

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0 Responses to Ada Lovelace Day

  1. Karl says:

    I think you’ll find Ada Lovelace actually lived in the 19th century; working with Charles Babbage would have been rather difficult otherwise…

  2. hanachronism says:

    Oh yeah, thanks. My head doesn’t think about turning dates to centuries very well as it knows it’s plus or minus one to the date, but on this occasion it’s gone the wrong way. Does that make sense? I promise I’m not an idiot though it’s probably not healthy to think of my brain as a separate entity to me. I’ll change it anyway. Thanks.

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