Women in STEM Fields: Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

Women in STEM Fields: Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

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To quote the Finding Ada website, “Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths.” Ada Lovelace is an early nineteenth-century example of a hacker, and not just in the sense of someone who enjoys working with computers but also in the sense of someone who enjoys tinkering with things, finding solutions, looking for perhaps unconventional workarounds to problems.

A particularly noteworthy event occurs on October 22 — the Ada Lovelace Edit-a-thon happening on Wikipedia: “[p]articipants from around New England are invited to gather together at Harvard Law School to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] fields… If you cannot make it to Harvard in person but would still like to participate, you are more than welcome to do so remotely.”

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