Ada Lovelace Day is a worldwide celebration of the achievements women have made in STEM. It is a growing international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We celebrate Ada Lovelace Day to raise awareness for women in STEM and create new role models for women all over the world. 

Black and white portrait of Ada Lovelace, for whom Ada Lovelace Day is named
Ada Lovelace is often called “the first computer programmer.” She is the namesake of Ada Lovelace Day.

History of Ada Love Day

Ada Lovelace Day was founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009. It was developed out of her concern for females in the tech world. Rather than highlight the problem, she wanted to celebrate the women. It started after an extensive online campaign in the United Kingdom. On March 24, 2009, 2,000 people posted blogs about women in STEM. The day is named after one of the first computer programmers — Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron. Ada had several tutors who taught her science and math. In 1833, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage met. Lovelace helped Babbage develop The Analytical Engine, which is the template for the modern computer. In 1842, Lovelace translated and elaborated on an article by an Italian mathematician. Because of this translation and elaboration, she is referred to as the first computer programmer. At 35, Lovelace died of uterine cancer, but her notes on The Analytical Engine remained popular and inspired Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computer. 

Ada Lovelace is a symbol for women in STEM, and that is why we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. 

How to Celebrate

There are so many ways to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. You can start by learning more about Ada Lovelace. One of her biggest achievements was that she was the first person to see The Analytical Engine’s potential.

Another way to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day is to learn about women in these industries, like Katharine Johnson who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for a lifetime of work as a physicist, mathematician, and space scientist. She and her colleagues completed the “calculations that guided NASA’s 1962 Friendship 7 Mission.” 

Or Radia Perlman who is referred to as “The Mother of the Internet.” She was a student at MIT in the ’60s and an early computer scientist. Perlman holds more than 100 patents. 

One last way to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day is to encourage the young girls in your life to pursue careers in the STEM fields or encourage their interests in STEM. To do this, you can buy them science kits, books, or other things that could promote their interests. 

There is no specific date for Ada Lovelace Day, and there’s no reasoning behind the date. Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated every year on the second Tuesday of October.