Sarah Marie (mangofandango) wrote in vaginapagina,
Sarah Marie

MMMMonday! Ada Lovelace Day.

It's MMMMonday! Every week, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience.

Tuesday is Ada Lovelace Day, a day when people around the 'net celebrate women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine) fields. We thought we'd join in! See this link for more information about Ada Lovelace, and links on that site for more information about Ada Lovelace Day.

Did you know Florence Nightingale was actually an amazing statistician as well as "the lady with the lamp"? It's true! She was an innovator in collecting, interpreting, and displaying statistical information, and she used that skill to support her ideas about reforming hospital sanitation methods - saving many lives in the process.

Did you know that Temperance Brennan of "Bones" is based on a real-life female scientist? Kathy Reichs and the fictional Brennan "share the same CV", according to Reichs, who fictionalized herself to create a series of novels and also the TV show. Pretty neat, huh?

And there's Mary Anning, who started unearthing dinosaur bones at the age of 11 and went on to become an important name in paleontology.

For more, check out Discover Magazine's list of 50 important women in STEM, and the above linked 10 Historic Female Scientists You Should Know.

Do you have a favorite lady in science (or STEM)? If you are in STEM (regardless of your gender identity!), what do you do? We'd love to hear from you! Happy Ada Lovelace Day, and may your day be filled with STEMtacular things!
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