Ada Lovelace is a woman credited with being the first female computer programmer in the 1800s. Sadly, not many women were encouraged in a love of maths as Ada was so even today in 2009, the gender inequity remains.

So today is an international day of blogging about women in technology that are leading the way.

In Australia this can feel quite awkward — to give praise to someone here has to be low key, as the object of said praise will often feel the necessity to bat it away or deny it. It’s called “tall poppy syndrome” – if you don’t cut yourself down to size first, someone else will.

Today I say stuff it. It’s my birthday and I am going to do things my way.

Therefore, my Ada Lovelace post is about my virtual landlady, Second Life mentor and personal friend – Joanna McKay. Jo – deal with it.

14. January 2009 · Comments Off on Celebrating the female writer of the first computer program – Ada Lovelace Day · Categories: Events, Issues · Tags: ,

Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, is apparently credited with being the writer of the first computer program back in the mid 1800s.  Unfortunately, the trend has not been for women to take up maths and computer science in droves.  adalovelace2

I’d never heard of her until recently – funny how history books can be.

In Second Life, one sim was giving away Ada Lovelace candles — but I was too lazy to enquire as to why or who she was.  Then on Facebook last week, someone sent me a Group invitation for Ada Lovelace day.  As it falls on my birthday – March 24th – I took an interest.  (See how “all about me” I can be sometimes?)

In addition to being a maths geek and the worlds first computer program writer, she was a darned snappy dresser if the photo here is any indication. But then again, she didn’t have hardware and software going out of date every six months.  But I digress.

The reason for this post is to encourage you to encourage women to take up maths and tech by participating in Ada Lovelace day on 24 March

All you have to do is write a blog post about a woman in technology whom you admire and shine a light on her achievements.

You can visit the semi-official site and pledge to do so

or add it to  your Google calendar:

or join the Facebook Group

or follow the Twitter Account

or join the mailing list via Yahoo! Groups –

If you do blog about it — use the tag AdaLovelaceDay09.

If you’re a mad Twitterbug, use the tag #ALD09