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Tuesday 9th October 2018
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Today is Ada Lovelace day! For those of you who don’t know, today is a celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) across the world!

Who is Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer. She’s most well known for her work on Charles Babbages’s early mechanical general purpose computer – the analytical engine. Making her more commonly known as the first ever programmer!

Click here to see our infographic '7 women who have shaped the technology industry'

Why is Ada Lovelace day important?
Ada Lovelace day was founded in 2009 by journalist and software activist Suw Charmen- Anderson with the aim to raise the profile of women and celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. 

It’s no secret that these industries are typically male dominated. Because of this gender gap, there are prominent skill gaps present, with a growing number of opportunities in STEM careers but not enough people with the correct skills to meet the demand. 

Today is important as it’s a chance to showcase all the fantastic movements being made in STEM and how more and more women are making great things happen in these industries. 

“It’s essential for girls to see that they have a future in STEM, and for women to see that they can progress in STEM careers all the way to the top.”

Over the last couple years significant progress has been made, in raising awareness and getting more women and young girls into these skill sets. For example; Coding is now a part of the curriculum at schools, introducing young girls to digital skills at an early age. Organisations like ScienceGrrl have also been set up to celebrate women in Science and to inspire more young girls to explore science based subjects and careers. Not to mention the fast growing number of independent Women In Tech groups popping up around the country. 

"We hope that by taking part in Ada Lovelace Day, people will learn about the amazing achievements of our unsung heroines. Many of our most successful women have never been given the credit they deserve, overshadowed by the men that they worked with for no better reason than that it was just “how things were”. And many of the women working in STEM today go unnoticed and unremarked." (Sue Charmen - Anderson)

What more can be done to attract more women into STEM careers? We'd love to hear from you. Tweet us @AmsourceTech,
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