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Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in STEM

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in STEM

 October 13, 2020

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Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Ada Lovelace Day is a fabulous initiative aimed to increasing the profile of women in STEM and encouraging more girls into STEM careers.

Ensuring greater diversity in the technology sector is not only the right thing to do but it also makes good business sense. Progressive technology companies do not see diversity as a problem to be solved, but rather as a strength to be leveraged.

Ada Lovelace Day provides a great opportunity for Where Women Work to celebrate the companies who understand the importance of diversity within the technology sector and who pave paving the way for a more inclusive and enriched industry.


Celebrating a pioneering women in creative computing

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace was a truly pioneering women in computing. She collaborated with inventor Charles Babbage on his general purpose computing machine, the Analytical Engine. All the way back in 1843, Ada published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli Numbers. While Charles Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Ada's work was the most complete and the most elaborate - and the first published.

More importantly, Ada was the first person to take a creative approach to computing. She explained how it could do so much more than calculate numbers, but could also contribute to music and the arts, given the right programming and inputs. Her vision of computing possibilities was unmatched by any of her peers.

Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in October and the day provides a useful moment to reinforce the importance of women in STEM. The day also highlights the work of companies who are leading the way in encouraging diversity and inclusion within STEM. Ada Lovelace Day also helps raise awareness and challenge industry stereotypes.

Women have choice to work for a tech employer they believe in

With the war for female talent in STEM being so prolific, women have a significant amount of choice regarding who they wish to work for.

So research employers who actively support their women in technology and see what exciting jobs are on offer.



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