Ada Lovelace Day

Mathematician, writer and computer programmer: Ada Lovelace was ahead of her time. In the 1840s, she designed the first ever algorithm to be performed by a machine and has since become a symbol for women today in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (otherwise known as STEM).

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day: A day to celebrate women in STEM and share the stories of female role models who have inspired others to participate in such a male-dominated field.

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

It’s easy to get involved! You can:

  • Send a Tweet
  • Update Facebook
  • Add a link to FindingAda.com on LinkedIn
  • Write about Ada Lovelace Day on your blog
  • Email your friends and/or relevant mailing lists
  • Post an item on LinkedIn or Facebook Groups

There are heaps of other great (and simple!) ways to get involved! You might like to brush up on your knowledge about women in science, mathematics, and engineering by having a browse through our QUT Library collection or read about QUT’s ongoing commitment to STEM.

Are you a woman working in STEM? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below! Who are your female STEM role models?

 

Finding Female Role Models in STEM

Ada Lovelace, 1836 by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Ada Lovelace, 1836 by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

The 14th of October is Ada Lovelace day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The day also aims to raise the profile of women in STEM and in doing so, hopefully create new role models within these fields.

Who was Ada?

Ada Lovelace was born Ada Gordon in 1815, the only child of Romantic poet Lord Byron and his wife Annabella Milbanke. She is considered by many to be the world’s first computer programmer, having written the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine – Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. Charles Babbage called her “the Enchantress of Numbers”. Find out more about Ada Lovelace here.

Some ideas on how to find out more and get involved:

In March this year as part of an NPR special series on women in tech, women innovators across the globe live tweeted their days using #NPRWIT. Some women involved included a master inventor from IBM and a technology executive from American Express. Check out what they had to say.

Glamour magazine recently profiled 35 women under 35 who are changing the tech industry. Have a read and get inspired.

As part of Ada Lovelace Day 2012, Wikimedia UK held a Women in Science themed Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Why not have your own edit-a-thon? Have a look at the Women in technology and Women scientists categories on Wikipedia and see if there are any articles you think need editing, or even any you think are missing and want to add.

Share a story about a woman, or women in STEM whose achievements you admire, and read other people’s stories.

And, why not leave us a comment? We’d love to hear about the women in STEM who inspire you.