It’s no secret that the tech industry as a whole has a problem with women. From a glaring lack of women in executive positions at tech companies, to frequent reports of harassment and discrimination directed at women in the STEM fields, to an app called “Titstare” being debuted (and applauded) onstage at a legitimate tech conference, the tech industry seems to have a particularly hard time treating women like people – people with skills, knowledge, and experience equal to men’s.
Which is funny (sad funny, of course, not funny funny), because the world’s first computer programmer was (gasp!) a woman.
Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, wrote what’s considered to be the world’s first computer program.
A close friend of Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine (considered the first ever computer), Lovelace was tasked with translating notes from Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on Babbage’s second mathematical machine, the Analytical Engine. Lovelace went one better, using her own formidable mathematical knowledge to expand upon Menabrea’s notes, leading to her describing an algorithm that could compute a recognized series of numbers, effectively the first act of computer programming.
Plus, Babbage called her “the Enchantress of Numbers.” Badass.
You can read more about Lovelace here.