11 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.

Who was Ada Lovelace?

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace collaborated with inventor Charles Babbage on his general purpose computing machine, the Analytical Engine. In 1843, Lovelace published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli Numbers. Whilst Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Lovelace’s was the most complete, most elaborate and the first published.

More importantly, Lovelace was the first person to foresee the creative potential of the Engine. She explained how it could do so much more than merely calculate numbers, and could potentially create music and art, given the right programming and inputs. Her vision of computing’s possibilities was unmatched by any of her peers and went unrecognised for a century.

Ada Lovelace Day at Swansea University

Over the next fortnight, we will be hosting a series of blog posts from our LGBT+ Staff Network members on women in STEM who have inspired them. Check back every day to read the latest blog post!

The Equality team are also holding an event titled #IntersectionalityMatters, which will be taking place on Tuesday 25th October, 12 – 2.30pm, ILS1 Seminar Room. The keynote speakers are Deborah Husbands and Kathryn Waddington from University of Westminster, who will be discussing intersectionality with a specific focus on gender and race, as well as compassionate leadership in organisations. The event is open to all to attend, and lunch will be provided from 12pm. If you would like to attend, please email equalopportunities@swansea.ac.uk.

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October 12th, 2016

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