Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Lovelace Day is the brainchild of Suw Charman-Anderson

… an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

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.

Augustina and I have each blogged of our own favorites in women in technology. (I posted about Evi Nemeth and Augustina about not finding rolemodels and the discouragement of women.)   If you want to see more of the articles written globally today, please check out this mashup of posts but, even if you’re not interested in this particular internet phenomenon, please learn more about Ada and women in computing.

As Suw calls out we are responsible for identifying and proslytizing about our heros so others can be inspired too.

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.

Suw’s leadership clearly makes her an inspiring woman in technology as well.

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