Modified from penspot.co.uk last year:
As a former computer programmer, I’m fully behind the idea of Ada Lovelace Day. I think it is great to remind people that women have been involved in STEM careers for centuries.
I find it amusing that the first long distance drive was by Mrs Benz to her mother after an argument with her husband, who had been developing the automobile – but in reality her husband had relied on Bertha’s money, but wouldn’t market it to enable them to recoup some of the investment.
I think it really sucks that Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) is eclipsed by her brother, in spite of discovering numerous comets herself, and being a major help to her more famous brother. (George III paid William £200 per year and Caroline £50 a year.)
But when it comes to pay the Georgians were better than twenty-first century HS2 Ltd have been: HS2 Ltd paid their male CEO 6 times the salary of the woman he replaced.
It will be interesting to see what Kirby’s replacement gets!