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Supporting Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Posted by Greg Gillet on 10-Oct-2017 09:50:00

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  By increasing the profile of women in these fields it aims to create role models to encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in these fields.

As a company that relies on such technical skills and that seeks to encourage diversity of all kinds, it’s only natural for Wolters Kluwer to support Ada Lovelace Day 2017.

Ada_Lovelace_portrait_sml.jpgAda Lovelace (or to give her her more formal title, Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace) was an English mathematician and writer best known for her work with Charles Babbage, “the father of computers”.  She was the first to see that Babbage’s Analytical Engine (a complex, entirely mechanical computer) could be used for more than simply crunching numbers.  She created the first algorithm for Babbage’s machine (to calculate Bernoulli Numbers) and is therefore often regarded as the world’s very first computer programmer.

Sadly, Ada died shortly before her 37th birthday.  In an early example of extreme “project creep”, Babbage’s Analytical Engine was never actually finished, depriving Ada of the chance to test her program.

The Ada Lovelace Day was founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson and takes place on the second Tuesday in October.  As well as a live “science cabaret” held at the Royal Institute in London, the organisers encourage people throughout the world to show their support for the project with podcasts, videos and blog articles.

At Wolters Kluwer, our genuine commitment to gender equality has led to significant female representation at the most senior levels.  This includes Claire Carter, Managing Director of Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting, UK and Ireland, Karen Abramson, global CEO for Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting, and Nancy McKinstry, CEO for Wolters Kluwer and chair of the Wolters Kluwer Executive Board.  So it’s only natural that we’re proudly supporting Ada Lovelace Day 2017.

Speaking to CBR on the occasion of Ada Lovelace Day, UK MD Claire Carter said "Over the past decade, employment in the UK technology sector has grown 2.8 times faster than overall employment. Cultivating girls’ initial interest in STEM and encouraging them to pursue careers in the field will not only create greater job security for the next generation; it will also act as a boost the wider economy and ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global cloud-enabled economy."

 

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