Since 2009, Ada Lovelace Day has aimed “to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire.” The day’s namesake, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), was the daughter of Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke. Ada, in possession of a keen intellect and deep passion for machinery, was educated in mathematics at the insistence of her mother. Later in life, Ada studied the workings of the Analytical Engine developed by mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. In her notes on the engine, Ada described an algorithm for computing numbers – an algorithm which would distinguish Ada as one of the world’s “first computer programmers.”
In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we present some images from the CHF Archives of women working in various chemistry labs. Click on each photo for additional information.
And for more women in science content, consider taking a look at the films in The Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians.Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high.
I have re-fallen in love with PBS, mainly because their online selection of videos is so frickin’ BAMF.
Thought my followers would enjoy this little FULL EPISODE about racism, archaeology, and the fact that YES, THERE WERE BLACK RULERS OF EGYPT AND BLACK PEOPLE IN EGYPT AND GUESS WHAT, THEY KICKED ASS.
The Walking Debt
The art of lying when people are looking right at you
That feeling you get during a dry spell on Tumblr, save for that one sole spike in likes and reblogs.
The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.
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Video-inspiration for aspiring women in physics!
If you’re a girl or a woman starting out in physics, watch this video! Now! Do not delay!
When I first started out in physics, as a junior in high school taking AP physics, I was starving for female role models. I remember poking through my textbook in my free time (because yes, I was a nerd) and coming upon pictures like this one:
How amazing, that in one place at one time there were so many incredibly influential and brilliant physicists. Einstein, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrodinger, Dirac, Planck, the list goes on and on! But only one woman, Marie Curie.
And that made me profoundly sad!
I know from personal experience, in a male-dominated field, it helps so much to have other women to inspire you, to tell you that you can do this, to reassure you that it’s okay if physics is hard, and that you don’t have to be a genius to be a good physicist.
So. Young women, if you’re out there, and you’re considering physics, but you’re struggling, or you love it but you’re not sure it’s for you, watch this video! Soak in the wisdom.
Watch this! One of labmates is in it.
Late night feels! This is an absolute must watch for everyone, but especially young women. I love how obvious and tangible the passion is in this video.