Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by adding more female scientists to Wikipedia

October 15 is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in science and engineering, centered around the lady who is credited with publishing the first computer programs ever written. What does one do for Ada Lovelace Day? How about spending some time editing Wikipedia? There's an official edit-a-thon in honor of the holiday, aimed at improving and increasing Wikipedia's coverage of women in the sciences.

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  1. Sounds great - I'll dig up my women in science and math info and have a go (old anecdote: About 15 years ago, I had to write to the technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury newspaper to correct one of his answers. Someone had written in to ask whether it was true that the computer language ADA was named after Lord Byron's daughter. The columnist was quite dismissive of this idea, and sure that "ADA" stood for "Advanced Defense Application" language or some such. Granted that this was before Wikipedia, but you'd think he would bother to get his facts straight rather than posting b.s. At least he was gracious enough to admit his mistake and post a correction...)

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