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March 24, 2009

Words of Women Scientists - In Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the role of women in technology and science.

Ada Lovelace Day: http://findingada.com/

Ada Lovelace is considered to be the founder of scientific computing, the first true computer programmer, and a brilliant mathematician. Exceptional woman such as Countess Lovelace are still relatively rarely noted in science and technology histories. Indeed, it is easy to go through several volumes of the Biographical Memoirs published by National Academy of Sciences without seeing a single woman listed in the Table of Contents.

"Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless." Suw Charman-Anderson, Ada Lovelace Day.

Meanwhile, in healthcare, the inclusion of women as students and faculty is on the rise.

AAMC: Women in U.S. Academic Medicine Statistics and Medical School Benchmarking 2007-2008: http://www.aamc.org/members/wim/statistics/stats08/start.htm

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/women-physicians-congress/statistics-history.shtml

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History: Women Medical School Applicants: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/women-physicians-congress/statistics-history/table-2-women-medical-school-applicants.shtml

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day and the commitment of the health science professions toward gender inclusiveness, the libraries would like to offer a collection of quotations from famous women scientists. Included are Barton, Bates, Blackburn, Clance, Cori, Curie, Daie, Eigenmann, Elion, Franklin, Fraser, Gabelnick, Goeppert-Mayer, Hodgkin, Hopkins, Hopper, Joliot-Curie, Koshland, Levi-Montalcini, Marrack, McClintock, Nusslein-Volhard, Randall, Roussel, Rowley, Sarachik, Steitz, Stewart, Yalow, Young, Zoback. Who is the one you admire most?

HSL: Words of Women Scientists: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/about/adalovelace/femsciquot.html

Posted by pfa at March 24, 2009 06:20 PM

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