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Ada Lovelace Day – Celebrating women in STEM

Rebekah Valero-Lee primary:knowledge-bank


Tuesday 16th October is officially Ada Lovelace Day – an international day of celebration to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The annual event has gained worldwide support, and highlights the achievements of women working in traditionally male-dominated industries. Established in 2009 following a study which found that women benefit markedly from seeing positive female role models, Ada Lovelace Day encourages women working in STEM to talk about their career heroines.

The day is named after the English mathematician and writer, Ada Lovelace, who is chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, or, in other words, the world’s blueprint for the computer. Ada’s notes on the workings of the engine include the first algorithm, and it is because of this that she is widely regarded as the world’ first computer programmer.

Morson International supplies STEM personnel across a wide range of engineering sectors, supporting career development and specialist training from graduate through to senior management levels, whilst Morson Projects actively employs many specialist female personnel across STEM divisions.

Alison Higgins, Stress Engineer at Morson Projects, commented: “Schools and academic institutions are getting gradually better at presenting science and engineering as a viable and rewarding career path for women.

“Engineering workplaces such as workshops and factories have also been modernised and the working environment has become less intimidating for women.

“There have been several female engineers that have come to do their placement year or work experience at Morson Projects whilst I have been here. Recently the number of female engineers in the Stress office has seen an increase of 100% whilst other divisions of the business have experienced growth too.”