Of all the causes to blog about, the following is perhaps the most innovative, overlooked, and fabulously worthy.
Ada Lovelace Day on 24 March 2009 will be a day to dedicate our blogs to the women triumphing in technology.
According to the organizers:
Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.
Recent research by psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones. That’s a relatively simple problem to begin to address. If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), was born Augusta Ada Byron, the only legitimate child of the Romance poet Lord Byron.
Her achievements, while artistically in contrast to her father’s works, were no less remarkable, as she wrote a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine, and is perceived as the “first programmer”.
Moreover, she foresaw the potential of computers to transcend mere number-crunching – a feat that proved elusive to her male counterparts for much of the 19th century.
Lovelace was at the forefront of technological advancements and a champion of female triumph in the field of computing and mathematics.
To take part in honouring not only Lovelace, but her multitudinous successors, simply sign the pledge here, pick your technological heroine, then publish a post on Tuesday 24 March.
Moreover, creativity is celebrated: blogs, videoblogs, podcasts – it’s all about appreciation and awareness.
To find out more about the campaign, click here.