It’s Ada Lovelace Day!
Clearly, Ada Lovelace is one of the most remarkable women in science. And this comic by Sydney Padua is one of the most delightful accounts of her life I have come across so far (now also available as free iPad-app):
It was originally drawn for Ada Lovelace Day, an event that…
Â …aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.
The inspiration for Ada Lovelace Day came fromÂ psychologist Penelope Lockwood, who carried out a study which found that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male role models. “Outstanding women can function as inspirational examples of success,” she said, “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.”
For more on Ada I recommend Janet Stemwedel’s post at Doing Good Science on Ada Lovelace and the Luddites, where – after making many other interesting connections – she writes on the activity of programming:
That this activity got its start with the technically minded daughter of the romantic poet who defended the Luddites somehow strikes me as exactly right.