Happy Ada Lovelace Day – Women In Technology

Sorry, blogging is sparse because of work and other commitments – but I wanted to point out a great post by Ed Yong over on About Not Exactly Rocket Science:

It’s Ada Lovelace Day, in which people round the world celebrate the legacy of a legendary woman by “sharing stories of women— whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today”.

I’m taking a slightly different tack. I’m sharing the names of women who tell stories – science writers whose work I admire. (If anyone’s wondering, here’s the intensely scientific method I used to compile the list: I sat down, wrote names, and stopped when I got to 15) Each name is accompanied with a brief reason why I think they’re awesome and some links to past work. And as I’ve said before, this is not a list of top female science writers; this is an all-female list of top science writers.

It’s a great list and there’s even more in the comments (such as Rebecca Skloot, whose book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” I’ve recommended to a number of people, including classes I’ve taught:

Although I honestly don’t think I could top Ed’s list, I do have a number of podcast episode interviews with women involved in technology that I recommend. Most recently a transcript from episode #111 (On Now You See Her) over on the CSICOP website:

Decoding Immortality and Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines - An Interview with Science Television Creator Sonya Pemberton.

You may also like to check out the BBC website, which features a video.

So, in that spirit, enjoy the day and check out the great number of women bloggers, podcasters and film-makers out there who continue to contribute science content online for the improvement of society.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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