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10-16-12: Ada Lovelace Day!
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About two hundred years ago, the Romantic poet Lord Byron wrote a few lines about his young, estranged daughter, Ada Lovelace:
Is thy face like thy mother's, my fair child!
Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart?
When last I saw thy young blue eyes they smil'd,
And then we parted - not as now we part,
But with a hope.
Ada Lovelace was also a writer, but of a very different sort. She is widely considered to have written the world’s first computer program. Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to recognize women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Penny Rheingans is director of the Center for Women in Technology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She joins us to talk about her own journey as a computer scientist and how we can get more Ada Lovelaces working in technology.