Women in Technology

This post is about women in technology, in honor of Ada Lovelace Day. In case you don’t know who that is, or why we want to honor her memory:

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.

What woman will I be honoring in her memory today? You. That’s right, all of the strong women I have met at events or had the pleasure of working with this year. I went to a Girls In Tech Boston event this evening and was surrounded by some of Boston’s best and brightest women in technology. I have been quietly working to build Strong Women in Tech, a project which could start to see real momentum for members this summer, helping mentor girls in school to stay on a path to a career in or around technology, math or science. I’ve talked about women’s issues in podcasts and at events in the past year. I also recently spoke at Geek Girl Camp on Blogging 101, Managing Work Flow In Social Media and ROI Is Not Money.

Through all of these events and all of these big plans, I have been floored at the number of women who are out there, in the trenches, forging a path. Women like Shireen Mitchell, down in DC, a good friend and constant crusader for women’s rights in general, and in tech specifically. Women like Meg Fowler, who lead by example. Women like Leslie Bradshaw and Jen Nedeau, who stay focused on specific goals and niches to make ways for women to succeed. All of the women I know who have started their own tech-based companies in the last few years, leading the way for the next generation. Women I don’t have space to name who touch my work and life, offering guidance and friendship. Our grandmothers, and their grandmothers, who lent us their strength and their stories.

I don’t believe that there is a gender gap holding us back. Not anymore. I believe that we are a tide of powerful women, always moving forward, erasing the rigid marks of the past and writing a new future. We are doing it at our own pace, and in our own times, and each ripple forms our shore for future generations to play. To the women of tech: I salute you.

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