I’ve signed the Ada Lovelace Day Pledge, and you should too if you know a woman who works in technology whose work you admire or like. What is it about? On 24th March 2009, the aim is for 1,000 bloggers to write a post about a woman in the technology industry that they admire. It was started by Suw Charman-Anderson, a freelance social software consultant. If you’re on Twitter and live in the UK, you probably know her already. 880 people have already signed up, and only 120 more are needed. This is how it all came about:
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.
It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited to take part. All you need to do is sign up to this pledge and then publish your blog post any time on Tuesday 24th March 2009. If you’re going to be away that day, feel free to write your post in advance and set your blogging system to publish it that day.