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Help Amplify Women in STEM: Write A Blog Post Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day October 8

September 24, 2019
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Ada Lovelace Day is celebrating a decade of encouraging bloggers to post about a woman in STEM they admire as a response to discussions about lack of women onstage at tech conferences.

Why Blog For Ada Lovelace Day?

An annual exercise in celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October.

Plan to publish a blog post on October 8, 2019 to join in the opportunity to brainstorm and talk about a woman you admire and why.

Platforms like LinkedIn and Medium make it easy to draft and share blog posts with your networks.

Be sure to signal-boost by tweeting the link and using hashtags trending.

Who Is Ada Lovelace?

Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, is the world’s first computer programmer. A brilliant math and science thinker, she designed a steam-powered flight machine at age 12 and later in her life, significantly contributed to the design of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine (the world’s first computer).

A century before the first computer was developed, she wrote the world’s first computer program, which was an algorithm for the Analytical Engine to compute Bernoulli Number.

Here are some moreo favorite STEAM women worth blogging about – and dressing up as for inspiring Halloween costumes!

Katherine Johnson – Mathematician

Katherine Johnson.

NASA Research Mathematician Katherine Johnson calculated trajectory for spacecraft missions. She verified results made by electronic computers to calculate the orbit for spacecraft.

Her work was made famous in the book and movieHidden Figures” about African-American women mathematicians who fought against segregation, discrimination and sexism to work and excel at NASA. Go watch it if you haven’t already!

Her alma mater erected a statue of Katherine Johnson, and a children’s book “Counting on Katherine” has been published.

Grace Hopper – Computer Scientist

Admiral Grace Hopper.

Grace Hopper joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and was assigned to program the Mark I computer.

She was at Harvard as a research fellow when a moth was found to have shorted out the Mark II, and is sometimes given credit for the invention of the term “computer bug” — though she didn’t actually author the term, she did help popularize it.

She also popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL.

Maggie Gee – Pilot

Maggie Gee in her pilot’s uniform.

Did you know that not a single major airport in the United States is named for a woman?

There’s a campaign to rename Oakland Airport for Maggie Gee. A physicist and researcher, she was one of the first American women trained to fly military aircraft, and was one of only two Chinese-American women to serve as a pilot in Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII. As a WASP pilot, she helped male pilots train for combat, as female pilots were not allowed to serve in combat at that time.

A children’s book based on her life “Sky High” has been published.

Frida Kahlo – Painter

Frida Kahlo, circa 1937.

Known as one of Mexico‘s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo is remembered for self-portraits, pain and passion, and vibrant colors. Having suffered from polio as a child, she then nearly died in a bus accident as a teenager and endured 30 operations. She has created approximately 200 paintings, sketches and drawings. In 2006, her self-portrait went for over $5 million at Sotheby’s auction.

You can visit her museum in Mexico City, where her belongings are on display throughout the Blue House, as if she still lived there. Many Frida Kahlo books and toys have been produced.

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