Since 2009, Ada Lovelace Day has aimed “to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire.” The day’s namesake, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), was the daughter of Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke. Ada, in possession of a keen intellect and deep passion for machinery, was educated in mathematics at the insistence of her mother. Later in life, Ada studied the workings of the Analytical Engine developed by mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. In her notes on the engine, Ada described an algorithm for computing numbers – an algorithm which would distinguish Ada as one of the world’s “first computer programmers.”
In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we present some images from the CHF Archives of women working in various chemistry labs. Click on each photo for additional information.
And for more women in science content, consider taking a look at the films in The Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
A lot is being written right now about online misogyny. Just one day after Catherine Buni and I published The Unsafety Net, Brianna Wu, a vocal advocate for women and diversity in gaming and tech, had to leave her home with her family because of these threats below. Hearing or reading words like “harassment” doesn’t convey what messages like this - in your inbox, tweets, on Facebook, Youtube comments, Anon messages - say and do:
Frequently, people question whether or not women face a distinct kind of harassment and hate, doubt that it’s more than a “nuisance.” Inevitably, someone says, “men are harassed to.” All of this conveniently ignores several things:
1) this is class-based: most of the time men are not being harassed because they are men, but because of something they say or do,
2) abuse like this seeks to reproduce historic discrimination: ie. thousands of years of women’s subjugation and denial of rights, like the fact that women (unable to vote, work for pay, unable to own property, others being considered actual property), effectively belonged to white men in the US less than 150 years ago. Women competing as equals stress a lot of people out.
3) violence online is inseparable from the violence that women live with everyday: rape, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and other generally-speaking, male perpetrated crimes. I know.
4) the “harassment” is actually a violation of women’s civil rights and criminal.
Wu sadly joins a very long list. It takes bravery and exacts real personal and professional tolls for a woman to continue to publicly engage while being assaulted like this. Ask Kathy Sierra, who had to abandon her work and public life for 10 years. She recently wrote: “A particularly robust troll-crafted hot button meme today is that some women are out to destroy video games (shoutout to #gamergaters). Another is that they are taking jobs from men. Men who are, I mean obviously, more deserving. “If women/minorities/any oppressed group are given special treatment,
Please, don’t tolerate bullshit excuses for hate.
Foto © by Wish I Was Here
Diesen Zach Braff, den kennt ihr doch, oder? “Garden State“! “Scrubs“! Ja, der. Und der hat jetzt seinen “inoffiziellen” “Garden State Nachfolgefilm” bei diesem Internetdienst Kickstarter finanziert… So, oder so ähnlich gehen die meisten Artikel über Zach Braffs neuen Film “Wish I was here” los. Nur um sich dann über mehrere Absätze in Crowdfunding, Filmfinanzierung und anderen blutleeren Nebensächlichkeiten zu verlieren. Sparen wir uns an dieser Stelle. Ich möchte euch WIWH schliesslich nicht empfehlen, weil Herr Braff im Internet dafür Geld gesammelt hat. Ich möchte euch einfach nur einen Film empfehlen, der mich zum Weinen gebracht hat, mehrfach und im besten Sinne.
Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world […] It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.“It Is Not a Scandal, It Is A Sex Crime:” Jennifer Lawrence Breaks Silence on Nude Photo Theft | The Mary Sue (via alexsegura)
"You’re a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert, and you’re not like, ‘Mmm, I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 percent less money than Jay Z. Also, I don’t think Beyoncé should have the right to vote, and why is Beyoncé singing and dancing? Shouldn’t she make Jay a steak? I’m sure he’s very tired after walking and rapping those two songs.’"
Now I love Aziz Ansari even more. :)