Friday, Oct. 7: Who is your heroine?

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Do you remember which women have influenced you over the years?

Perhaps your maths teacher, one of your university lecturers, or a colleague?

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!

Hat tip: NewAPPS

4 thoughts on “Friday, Oct. 7: Who is your heroine?

  1. If ever I have seen a more seductive combination than power and grace, I know not what it is.

    For a moment, I thought her more graceful than powerful.

    And ever was she powerful.

    Ever she was..

  2. To my mind, using the gendered term is like asking who is your most admired authoress or female musician. As though they should be judged in a different category, on a different level. I wouldn’t want to be seen as anyone’s hero (maybe `inspiration` would be nice), but I certainly wouldn’t want to be called a heroine. Lee Hall.

  3. I’ve done one every year since 2009. (This year’s: )

    I certainly don’t care for the “hero” aspect (which seems new this year) and “heroine” is rather annoying, though I can see some reason to do it: It is trying to take advantage of the gender marking to make the point of the exercise more salient. Whether this is worth the downside, I’m not sure.

    But it’s a great exercise. I like reading about scientists in my own field I’ve never heard of. I love discovering scientists and hearing science stories in other fields. It’d be cool to have something like this for philosophy, or for philosophers to participate.

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