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Ada Lovelace, Girl Geek #1 March 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in science, women.
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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate women in in IT and technology. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was Lord Byron’s daughter – yes, that Lord Byron – and she was a truly exceptional woman. In a time when it was unusual, if not frowned on, for a woman to be involved in any serious intellectual pursuits, Lovelace was one of the first people in the world to see the potential of computers and write computer programs. And this all before Charles Babbage even built his “computer engine”.

On this day, almost 2000 bloggers around the world have pledged to dedicate a post to a woman in IT or technology. There’s a nice feature in Computer Weekly on the idea and the people behind Ada Lovelace Day, 24 March. The article also gives profiles of some of today’s female role models in IT.

A number of women astronomers (such as Sandy Faber, Beatriz Barbuy) have featured on my blog here recently, and I’d like to raise my glass to them again on this day. Also to all the other women out there who’ve had the courage to go against advice and expectations into IT, science and engineering subjects – and have been successful in these difficult careers.

You can read what other people have said on this day on twitter and a few nice (better researched – excuse me my jetlag) posts by Chris and Andrew.

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