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Women in science and tech share their stories on Ada Lovelace Day

15-10-2013

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Women all over the world who work in the technology industry have been sharing their stories on Ada Lovelace Day to highlight the importance of women in male dominated industries.

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician who wrote the world's first computer program in 1842 - before computers even existed. For the past five years on the 15th of October, women in tech have been celebrating her achievement by sharing their female inspirations.

One of these women is Dr Helen Scales, a marine biologist, who says in her new book 'A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention' that a woman called Dr Eugenie Clark helped get her interested in the subject.

Suw Charman-Anderson, the founder of Ada Lovelace Day, says Dr Scales' story is just one of many that are told during this special day.

"When I started the day five years ago, my goal was to collect these stories not only to inspire girls to study the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, but also to provide support to women pursuing careers in these usually male-dominated fields," she writes for theguardian.com.

Despite Ada Lovelace becoming the world's first computer programmer in 1842, technology industries are still male dominated - with just 17 per cent of the technology workforce made up of female workers. By 2043 it's predicted that only one per cent of the sector will be female, reports metro.co.uk.

Author: Laura Varley

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