Ada Lovelace portrait in woodcut style

Reminder: Ada Lovelace Day on 7th October

Ada Lovelace Day is a week from today. This is the third year of Ada Lovelace Day, a day devoted to blogging or otherwise writing profiles of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

From their FAQ:

How does blogging help women in tech and science?

Women in tech and science tend to be less well known than their male counterparts despite their valuable contributions. The aim of Ada Lovelace Day is to focus on building female role models not just for girls and young women but also for those of us in tech who would like to feel that we are not alone in our endeavours. Psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones, so the idea of creating these role models is not just some airy-fairy idea, but based on a real need.

This is a good day to reach out to your own readers, to give them a name or two more the next time they think or are asked about women in science and technology.

Want some inspiration? Check the Geek Feminism wiki for women in science, women in computer science, women in Open Source and other women in geek culture collections. See also our Wednesday Geek Woman profiles.

In a week, when it is Ada Lovelace Day, we’ll be asking for ALD cross-posts for future Wednesday Geek Woman entries.

2 thoughts on “Reminder: Ada Lovelace Day on 7th October

  1. Tempest Haye

    I love this idea!
    I think it’s also important to include women in other areas as we are underrepresented in most, and underpaid and undervalued in all.

    If you havent heard of Jessica Marie of VulvaLoveLovely I would love to share this link with you all. She is a body positive artist that suffered from sexual trauma as a young lady and created an entirely open, honest and positive artistic venue to share with women. Def. check out the video’s she has on her about us page, she shares her awesome vision of VLL and how it got started. Its really powerful stuff and often times gets some serious heat from what I have seen to be mostly male journalists and a few generally anti-women publications (cosmopolitan, etc). She’s gotten shout outs from Bitch, Feministing, Curve and I think she would be a great activist for women to point out. :)

    http://www.vulvalovelovely.com/

  2. Annalee

    I got into programming because of Ada Lovelace Day. I didn’t even know who Lovelace was, but suddenly my LJ feed was full of stories about women in tech. After a lifetime of thinking programming was “too hard” and “not welcoming,” I suddenly thought, “wow, I know these people. This is a community I could be part of.”

    Now I’m a programmer, and it’s thanks to Ada Lovelace Day and all the awesome women in tech who I got to know because of it.

    While raising the profile of awesome women in general is laudable, I’m glad there’s a specific event to highlight women in tech. The pressures keeping women out of STEM may not be unique, but they manifest differently than sexism in other fields. Growing up, I was exposed to many women role models in fine arts and activism–but I hardly ever saw myself represented in tech. Even those seeking to encourage young women to consider a wide variety of careers usually left out STEM.

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