Raising awareness of the women who already are in STEM is crucial to increasing the number of women in STEM in the future. That’s part of why the Geek Feminism Wiki includes a list of women in open source software with several hundred entries. In some sense, Ada Lovelace herself was a women in open source software, since she published the source to the world’s first program!Suw Charman-Anderson is raising money to make Ada Lovelace Day even more effective with a deadline of Saturday, October 13, 2012. Suw has done an amazing amount of work for women in STEM and we support her wholeheartedly. We hope you can contribute to both her Ada Lovelace Day fundraiser on IndieGoGo and to the Ada Initiative’s current fundraiser.
Ada Lovelace Day is a day of raising awareness of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009. Ada Lovelace Day, held on October 16 this year, is responsible for thousands of blog posts about women in STEM. While women in STEM like Ada Lovelace faced many obstacles – from being forbidden to attend many universities at all until the mid 20th century, to being judged lower than exactly equivalent male applicants for jobs, many women managed to overcome them anyway – but were then forgotten.