Once again, I am participating in the My Hero Monday linkup hosted by the ever fabulous Chloe @ Free as a Girl With Wings. For this month, the theme is “a woman who invented something.” That, my friends, is a genius prompt. I’m a huge advocate for Girls in STEM, so for this month I chose to write about Ada Lovelace, the developer of the first computer program.
Name: Ada Lovelace
Date of Birth: December 10, 1815
School: Because people were prejudiced against women back then, Ada was mostly taught by private tutors, her mother or other scientific acquaintances.
When Did I First Hear About Her? Well, I can’t quite put a figure on the exact time that I first hear about Ada Lovelace, but it was a while again. I’ve only recently started to learn more about her as my interest in girls in STEM has only grown more and more as I’ve gotten older.
What Makes Her One of My Heroes? First of all, Ada developed the first computer program ever. Nowadays, everyone uses a computer, and if it weren’t for computers, we wouldn’t be able to do so many things that we now take for granted. You wouldn’t even be reading this blog post if it weren’t for computers. By creating the first computer program Ada set the stage for the development of the technology we use so often today. Another reason I am so inspired by Ada is that she was a girl. The fact that a girl developed the first computer program makes me so happy and so inspired because it shows the world that girls are capable of being intelligent and inventing things. Sadly, not many girls are interested in computer science, but I want to change that, and one way to do that is to use Ada Lovelace as a role model.
One of Ada’s Quotes: “I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc.”
Have you ever heard of Ada Lovelace? Are there any girls in STEM that inspire you?