Tuesday 24 March 2009

Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day:
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.
We have lots of women excelling in technology here at the OU and it seems so ordinary that it hardly needs comment (but in the context of this event I could mention Clem Herman because she works on projects explicitly aimed at bringing women into science, engineering and technology).

Many years ago I went to a talk by Dale Spender. The particular thing that stuck in my memory was the story that women were initially well-represented on computing courses and in university computing departments, until men realised that computing was a 'serious' subject rather than glorified typing, at which point they muscled in...

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