Today, March 24th is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada was a kick and one of the very first computer programmers in the world. Because she could see compters as having the potential to do much more than just add and subtract. Considered by many to be the founder of computer science, she died when she was only 36 of uterine cancer and bloodletting. And it wasn’t all that long ago. Ada was on March 24 born in 1852.
So we celebrate her birthday as a day to honor women in technology.
Some of you have undoubtedly seen the pledge in the right hand column where I said: 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.
Something like 1,700 people signed that pledge (and yes, you still can if you’d like.)
A woman I admire in technology is (drum roll please) Shai Coggins. We’ve never met face-to-face, but this young woman got me into blogging back when she was the weblog guide at About.com.
Shai started her very own blogging network, all-women blog network called About Weblogs, back in 2005 and invited me to participate. I agreed even thought I didn’t have a clue and then followed her when she joined b5media as the author of what was then called The Golden Pencil (no, that name was foisted upon me, not of my choosing, nor of Shai’s.) She left b5 not long after I did and explained it in, naturally, a blog post called Goodbye, b5media.
Hats off to you Shai, and thanks!
Image from http://www.pledgebank.com/AdaLovelaceDay