Today marks Ada Lovelace Day, which is all about celebrating women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and their achievements.
Created after Ada Lovelace who can be described as the first computer programmer in 1852. At a time when only men studied the STEM subjects. Ada Lovelace became the exception but never received credit for her work during her lifetime having written the first algorithm.
Her story should inspire us to stretch beyond what is set out for us. Instead to strive to finding how we can pursue our passions and strengths.
What can we learn from Ada?
Look for Opportunities
Many of us have resources and limiting beliefs on ourselves but also bias placed on us. Role models like Ada teach us to look for opportunities.
In her case social class and liberal parents – to us we no longer need permission to become so good at something they can’t help but notice you – you can learn. Resource limitations may prevent you from doing a PHD but that doesn’t mean you can’t master your skills in other ways.
Ignore the Critics
Whenever you hear a suppressive stereotype, you can outwardly challenge it – and this would be doing a great service to women who follow you. But internally ignore it and move forward. Don’t let it become your thoughts. What you tell yourself you begin to believe.
Recognise your own achievements
Ada didn’t get recognition until after her death, in fact, it was mostly not understood. Find ways to recognise your own value, accept that often the hard work doesn’t show until further down the line. It takes persistent, consistent courage and curiosity.
Be in it for the long game
You can check out plenty of Ada Lovelace resources and events at Finding Ada.org