I should be studying for exams but I wanted to quickly post about Ada Lovelace Day. The organiser asks for pledges to “publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire”. You can find out more about why at the link above, but the point about why role models are important is worth repeating:
Undoubtedly it’s a complex issue, but recent research may shed some light: Psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones.
Well, that’s a relatively simple problem to begin to address. If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.
Thus was born Ada Lovelace Day, and this pledge:
“I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.”
Who would you blog about? I’ve signed the pledge so I’d better start thinking.
[Edited to add: if you’re interested in researching and making information about inspiring female role models accessible, you might be interested in ‘modern bluestocking‘. Contributions and suggestions are very welcome, especially from a technical perspective. And I will be shamelessly checking out suggestions for Ada Lovelace Day to add to the nascent modernbluestocking topic on Freebase.]