Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Did You know that Yesterday – October 15-- was Ada Lovelace Day?

Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer
I receive many newsletters to find information I believe will be interesting to you.  I know we are reacting to the government shutdown and debt ceiling now. We post many pieces on this ourselves. So, I try to look for articles of interest for that quick, brief Calgon moment – Take me away.  This may be directed more to the females interest but it may spark an interest in the male – who just doesn’t believe it.  I will admit I did not know some of these facts. It is apparent woman have been fighting for their rightful spot in the workplace as far back as the 1800’s – it is time to stop erasing these women from their great works.

Ladies Last: 8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For

From computer programming to nuclear fission to the paper bag machine, it's time to stop erasing these women from their great works.

October 15 is Ada Lovelace Day, named for the world's first computer programmer and dedicated to promoting women in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. A Victorian-era mathematical genius, Lovelace was the first to describe how computing machines could solve math problems, write new forms of music, and much more, if you gave them instructions in a language they could understand. Of course, over the ensuing 100-plus years, dudes have been lining up to push her out of the picture. 
Lovelace is hardly the only woman to be erased from the history of her own work. Here's a quick look at eight women whose breakthroughs were marginalized by their peers.

To read more on Ada Lovelace, computer programming: Rosalind Franklin, discovery of the DNA double helix: Margaret Knight, paper bag machine: Elizabeth Magie, Monopoly: Judy Malloy, hypertext fiction: Lise Meitner, nuclear fission: Candace Pert, opioid receptor: Martha Coston, signal flares:

I am sure this isn't a complete list - If there is someone you would like me to research and post on our BlogSpot – please leave the name in our comment section and I will do my best for you.

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