The goal of Ada Lovelace Day is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Today is Ada Lovelace Day - October 16, 2012 is about blogging and sharing stories of women, from engineers to scientists, from technologists to mathematicians. Who has inspired you?
Over the last year, a number of technical women have demonstrated leadership that propels them to the public sphere - from Jocelyn Goldfein (Director of Engineering, Facebook), an advocate for women to enter and stay in rewarding, high-achieving technology careers; Clara Shih (Founder and CEO of Hearsay Social) was 29 years old last year when she was appointed to the board of Starbucks. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer makes headlines and changes perceptions of CEOs of large tech companies on a daily basis.
What do these women have in common? Computer science degrees from Stanford. But you don't need to have gone to Stanford or received an undergraduate degree in computer science.
There are post-baccalaureate ways to learn how to become a programmer or scientist at any age.
Accelerated software development training program Hackbright Academy is teaching 20something and 30something women to become working Python programmers in 10 weeks flat. There are Ladies Learning Code in Toronto and Girl Develop It classes around the United States. Or sign up for a daily dose of tech from Skillcrush.
Women have blazed trails in STEM since the days of yore. What do you think you can accomplish? What would you do if you were not afraid? Check out the infographic for a retrospective on how women have blazed paths in technology and other male-dominated fields:
Women 2.0 readers: What woman in tech inspires you? Have you blogged about a woman in STEM for Ada Lovelace Day? Let us know in the comments!
About the writer: Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie. Photo credit: Aristocrat