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The event has been organised as part of annual celebrations to celebrate the work of Ada Lovelace

Discussion:  The Wikipedia entries for women in technology and engineering are going to be updated as a part of an “edit-a-thon” held at the Royal Society next month.  All of the profiles chosen were of historical figures.  The day was organized to celebrate the legacy of Ada Lovelace, who worked with Charles Babbage on an “analytical machine”, considered to be the foundation for modern computers, in the 19th century.  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the women currently working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  

Source:  BBC News

Date:  September 24, 2012

Link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19675169

Discussion Questions:

  • Why are people trying to improve the visibility of female scientists in today’s society?
  • How will editing Wikipedia entries accomplish this goal?

 

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