Women in Science: Ada Lovelace Day

I’m a day late, but yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day, which honors the first but often overlooked computer programmer and aims to encourage more women to join STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. As a former science major who still loves to indulge my love of science, I appreciated this article about eight innovations by women where men got the credit instead (thanks to CU FemSex for posting originally).

I decided to leave the science track mostly because I felt it wasn’t a good fit for me, but gender-based discrimination presents a very real barrier for many women pursuing science careers, especially as they advance (search “leaky pipeline” for more discussion about this). Less discussed but equally important are barriers faced by women who are also of color, low-income, queer, among many other identities that are marginalized within the STEM infrastructure and society at large. So far, I’ve come across this great Autostraddle column by and about queer women in science. Let me know in the comments if you find any other resources discussing ways to fix the “leaky pipeline”!

Unfortunately, STEM fields are by no means the only arenas in which these types of marginalization shape academic spaces, so Well-Woman is here if you ever need to decompress in a comfy, non-judgmental space.  Whatever your major, feel free to stop by the office to chat, grab some tea, or just hang out.

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