Wednesday Geek Woman: Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer

The depressing part? Some people argue that Lovelace did not write the first computer program, instead Charles Babbage wrote it for her and she took the credit. Despite ample contemporary evidence in the form of Lovelace's letters to Babbage while she was writing the Notes, people have many arguments (often tinged with anger and contempt) for why she didn't write or even understand the first computer program.

Geek Feminist Sumana Harihareswara makes $10,000 donation matching challenge to the Ada Initiative

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. This post is by Valerie Aurora, writing in her capacity as Executive Director of the Ada Initiative. Sumana Harihareswara is a geek feminist and an active member of the science fiction, GNOME, and Wikipedia communities, serving in a variety of …

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A personal appeal for support from Valerie Aurora, executive director of the Ada Initiative

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. I'm writing to ask you to donate to the Ada Initiative. A year ago, a friend of mine was groped at an open source conference. Again. I've personally been groped twice at conferences myself. But what shocked me most was …

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Conference speakers: Support anti-harassment policies in your speaker proposals

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. The Linux.conf.au 2012 proposal deadline is in a few hours, which gives you plenty of time to cut and paste the following into your speaker proposal: I believe conferences should provide a safe, harassment-free environment for everyone. I ask $CONFERENCE …

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