Ada Lovelace Day needs your support!

Suw sez,
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Over 300 people have already signed a pledge to publish a blog post, video blog or podcast episode about a woman they admire on 24th March 2009. We need 700 more people for the pledge to be successful.

Recent research by psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones. But in the tech world women's contributions often go unacknowledged and role models are hard to find. Ada Lovelace Day is a chance for us to sing the praises of the women who make tech tick: entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants... The list of tech-related careers is almost endless and we want to see examples from all of them!

Ada Lovelace Day (Thanks, Suw!)


  1. this will give me a chance to blog about either grace hopper, computer pioneer or the two women whose names escape me who were (uncredited) big shots in the BBC radiophonic department all those long years ago before the doctor who theme was made.

  2. Sweet. There are way too many women leaders that I admire, it would be too hard to narrow it down to one.

  3. I am a high school math teacher. I ordered a poster of Ada Byron Lovlace because I figured girls deserved role models, too!

    My school has gender-segregated math classes in 7th and 8th grade. There are studies that validate both sides of the argument about the effectiveness of such classes, but our anecdotal results are that more girls are taking honors math in high school. Whether there is a causal relationship, I can’t say. But future math majors take heart: there may actually be girls in your classes!

  4. Before you go praising Grace Hopper, remember she is the one who cursed the world with that unholy language, COBOL. That’s just plain evil.

  5. Hoo boy, and maybe Susan Thunders (although her value as a role model for kids is a little questionable, that woman had spunk, and is a shining example of cyber-feminism)

    (Prostitute, hacker, and poker player extraordinaire, as well as the woman who put Kevin in jail – hell hath no fury…)

    I’m trying to figure out whether this is her now.

  6. I tried to Digg the pledge and also got an error message. I’ve been told that the whole site is blocked, so I’ve been in touch with Pledgebank and they are doing what they can to get the problem resolved.

    Meantime, feel free to Digg the original Finding Ada blog post:

  7. It’s a bit obvious but I never get tired of Hedy Lamarr’s story and it will be a FUN blog, I’m in baby!

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