Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of October.
Named after Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, the day not only commemorates the lives of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but also encourages girls and young women to enter careers in these fields.
Any Date in October
Ada Lovelace Day began in 2009 after an extensive online campaign in the United Kingdom. About 2000 people blogged about women in sciences and technology on March 24, 2009, a practice that has since become an Ada Lovelace Day tradition. There is no fixed date for Ada Lovelace Day. According to the organizers of the day, the choice of the date for the day is arbitrary.
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on his calculating engine, called the Analytical Engine. Her plan to calculate Bernoulli numbers using the engine is now widely considered as the world's first computer program.
In 1980, the United States Department of Defense created a programming language and named it Ada in honor of Ada Lovelace's contribution to the world of computing.
How to Celebrate
Honor the women in your life who are in the STEM fields.
Encourage the young girls in your life to pursue one of the STEM fields as a career.
Buy the young girls in your life science kits, building games and books that make them interested in science.
Read more about women scientists and their contribution to the world.
Did You Know…
…that Mary Shaw became the first woman to get a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972?