Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
Today, October 15, Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace is celebrated as the first female computer programmer (she programmed Charles Babbage’s “Analytical Engine” in the mid-19th century). Nearly a century after her work, she inspired Alan Turing’s research and generations of women to go forth into the sciences.
Today, Lovelace Day celebrants are holding a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon to increase the number and detail of female STEM entries in Wikipedia. Of course, you don’t have to just do that today. You could do it any day of the year. Or every day of the year, for that matter. In fact, instead of editing Wikipedia to add more women, maybe one day we’ll just edit Wikipedia and it will, I dunno, just happen?
Finally, Ada Lovelace Day is about more than just Ada. It’s about all women in science, past and present.
Ladies and gents, who is the female science role model you’d like to celebrate today?
I want to celebrate all of the fantastic female researchers and scientists and biologists and anthropologists at The Field Museum! Many of them have had personal and positive impacts on my life and career, like
Anna Goldman for pursuing her interests with a fiery passion and being a strong role model for many people in her preparation lab,
Corrie Moreau as the Assistant Curator of insects for the people she inspires in her ant lab and her devotion to promoting women in science,
Janet Voight as Assistant Curator of Invertebrates for the many years she has committed to pursuing expertise and innovation in her field,
and all of the other incredible women researchers, staff, volunteers and interns at our Museum who touch lives every day!