I HAVE to dedicate an ALDLive17 post to my new STEM hero. Aphra Bennet. This bad ass STEM lady is 17 years old, and I’m quite sure she is set to take the STEM world by storm. And soon.
Ada Lovelace Day is a day dedicated to celebrating women in STEM, founded by Suw Charman-Anderson 8 years ago as a blog event telling stories about women in tech. The now international celebration champions women of the past, present, and future, across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
I first got involved with Ada Lovelace Day in 2013 when I took part in a Wikipedia Editathon. I then co-authored a chapter of ‘More Passion for Science’at about Ati Hermelin. This year I attended the Ada Lovelace Day Live event in London, and the entire evening blew me away! I was excited to be invited, and enthralled from start to finish.
A recent experience at work has left me annoyed and curious at the same time. But first I shall set the scene;
Though currently brunette, as a child I had a mess of white blonde hair. I do not consider myself overly vain, though I do have my moments, and I was most put out when a teacher in year 7 referred to me as having brown hair. Being quite a tenacious ‘tween’, I took action and dyed it back to its ‘rightful’ colour. This tradition continued for around 13 years, until I got bored and went back to brunette.
I was at a Science Grrl social a few weeks ago in London, a fabulous organisation aimed at encouraging more girls to get into the sciences, because ‘Science is for everyone’. Quite right. I got chatting to one of the young gentlemen who also attended the social (science is for everyone, and so is Science Grrl) and he said ‘So you’re a feminist then?’ To which I replied ‘Um, not really, I just want more gender equality in the sciences…but I suppose in the wider world too.’ He looked puzzled at this and said ‘…so you’re a feminist then?’. I suppose I am. Can you be a little bit feminist? Or is it an all or nothing phenomenon.