It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a good day to celebrate women in technology careers!
If you don’t know who Ada Lovelace is, check out this wonderful Science Chicks blog post.
She was the first computer programmer. Not the first woman programmer, the first programmer, and she did it without having a computer to program anything on. She wrote for Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which was still theoretical.
Incidentally, until I started keeping an eye on Science Chicks, I had no idea there were so many women scientists throughout history.
I wish they’d been in the curriculum when I was in school; I might have ended up in quite a different field altogether, or at least, I might have a stronger science journalism background now.