Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Today we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day by launching our video campaign #NextAdaLovelaceDay!

In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace wrote the first ever computer program. 

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of her achievements and the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.

Times have moved on since the 1800s and there are now thousands of women in STEM making their own breakthroughs and discoveries. So many, in fact, that we even keep a list of inspiring STEMinists in Scotland and we support many more women at university and colleges, and in their professional lives with training, career advice, and coaching.  

But not everything is equal yet – women in STEM still face unacceptable inequality and barriers to the industry:

  • Only 25% of the STEM sector are women
  • And 70% of women STEM graduates leave the STEM sectors
  • And of those that remain, only a handful will progress to senior roles
  • In the UK there are only 9 Black, Female STEM Professors – (2 Engineering, 1 Maths, 2 Physics, 4 Science)

And this inequality is bad for society and for business:

  • Companies with low rates of both gender and racial diversity are 29% more likely to make less money. (source)
  • Companies with more women on their boards outperform companies with no female representation by up to 56%.
  • Inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time (source)
  • Narrowing the gender gap could add between $12 and $28 trillion to the global GDP.

It is clear that when companies succeed in attracting and retaining the best talent, they are more productive, more innovative, and more profitable.

So how do we fix the gender inequality in STEM? 

There are lots of practical ways you can take your next step to make a difference:

So that by #NextAdaLovelaceDay we will all have even more to celebrate.

Find out about our Ada Lovelace Day event here.