Long before the iPhone or Google were part of our everyday lives, Ada Lovelace penned what many consider to be the first computer algorithm. The 19th century programming pioneer made her mark on the early history of computer science 170 years ago, yet today the work by women in science still goes largely unrecognized.
But on Tuesday those wanting to write women back into the history books (or at least the web pages of Wikipedia) can gather at Brown University in Providence, R.I., for an ‘edit-a-thon’ “to increase the representation of women in science and technology.” Attendees can take part by writing and editing Wikipedia articles about women in the STEM fields.
The event date — Oct. 15 — commemorates Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math. Photo courtesy of the Mathematical Association of America