Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Write about an inspiring woman in STEM

Every year we encourage you to take part, no matter where you are, by writing something about a woman, or women, in STEM whose achievements you admire. When your blog post is ready, you can add it to our list, and once we’re properly underway, you’ll be able to browse our list to see who inspires other people!

Why Diversity Matters

A recent CNBC article, “The growing case for diversity as a profit source” shared the 50 most diverse corporations as found by DiversityInc. One interesting finding, technology companies, especially Silicon Valley ones, were hard to find.  Having diverse viewpoints is critical to decision making, allowing for more options to be brought to the table.

Being seen as a company that values diversity could become a factor for investors, making a difference to your company’s bottom line.

Hiring a diverse workforce is critical, but keeping an eye on your products and their impact of the lives of their consumers might be another way to keep shareholders and customers happy.  Making products that enhance diverse populations’ lives is always a plus.

How can you impact diversity where you work?

Top Ten Women in Science

In recognition of Women’s History month, I thought the article posted on the Ri channel would be a good way to celebrate scientific achievements of women.  It’s not really a list of only ten names, but it has a great many very talented women listed.

http://rigb.org/blog/2014/march/top-10-women-in-science

I hadn’t been on this site before so was curious about what Ri stood for.  It’s The Royal Institution of Great Britain- Science Lives Here. The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public.

I’m still not sure what the story is for their Christmas lectures, but that has me intrigued as well.  Enjoy exploring their site and let me know what you discover.

National Women’s History Month

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country.
Visit the National Girls Collaborative Project for great weekly articles about women in STEM.  Women in Energy and Climate Change gives both current women profiles and highlights Beatrice Hicks:
Beatrice Hicks (1919-1979)
Beatrice Hicks pioneered the way for countless other women in the field of engineering. She was inspired by great structures such as the Empire State Building to become an engineer. She was the first woman engineer to be employed by Western Electric Company where she patented a molecular density scanner and developed industry standards for quality control procedures. Ms. Hicks worked tirelessly to make the field of engineering more accessible to women in an era where less than 1% of engineers employed in the US were women.
 

The 2014 theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”.

Share how your favorite woman role model displayed character, courage and commitment.

Voices celebrating International Women’s Day

I want to encourage you to attend the upcoming Voices Conference online.

Registration is free! Recordings will be available to those who register so you won’t miss a thing. No travel, no time off work, no budget needed.

On International Women’s Day, March 7-9 2014 women in tech around the world will gather virtually over 39 hours across every time zone to network, talk about cool technology, participate in personal and professional development sessions such as overcoming the inner critic, negotiation and building your brand. Regional, national and international panels will discuss the state of women in technology now and in the future.

Be part of Voices 2014
International Women’s Day
March 7-9 2014

Women in tech around the world will gather virtually over 39 hours across every time zone to:

  • network with people in tech around the world
  • talk about cool technology
  • participate in personal and professional development sessions such as overcoming the inner critic, negotiation and building your brand
  • regional, national and international panels will discuss the state of women in technology now and in the future.
  • Be part of the global conversation.

Home page:
www.globaltechwomen.com

You must register to get access to the sessions here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-2014-virtual-conference-for-women-in-tech-international-womens-day-tickets-9605126191

For the latest speakers:
http://www.globaltechwomen.com/speakers-2014.html

Please tell your friends and colleagues!

Women in IT – Workplace Success

There are resources available to help you hire more women and to advance your career as a technical woman from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)

Here are some examples of the content you might find of interest:

Think of ways to take on projects that showcase your technical skills or force you to step outside your comfort zone. Look for opportunities to speak and present. Develop and diversify your network, maybe by…

Million Women Mentors

Take the pledge and join other women who are mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields.  You can find out more at their website:

Million Women Mentors

Here is their vision and goals statement:

Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.

How will you be involved?