March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD was started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, with the first International Women’s Day celebrated in 1911. IWD is a day to celebrate women, raise awareness and invoke change.
Women have played an important role in shaping the History of Computing – including, Ada Lovelace who was the first person to publish an algorithm to be executed by the first modern computer, Grace Hopper who was the first person to create a compiler for a programming language, and Adele Goldberg who was one of the seven programmers that developed one of the first object-oriented programming languages, to name a few!
As part of IWD, we have put together a list of Women from all over the world currently creating new knowledge and solutions in Computer Science Education Research. If you’ve been following @cserAdelaide on Twitter, you would have seen us post profiles of women throughout the day. In this short 10 minute video we have compiled our complete list for you to use and share. This is not a complete list, there are many more women creating and shaping new CS Education research around the world, and we’d love you to continue to share more examples on Twitter with us at #IWD2018 @cserAdelaide!
School teacher, tertiary educators and parents, you can use International Women’s Day (or any other day of the year!) as a valuable opportunity to educate and inspire children about the role of women in Computing – from the history of Computing to today’s Computer Science innovators and influencers. There are many useful classroom resources available to support classroom or at-home activities on the IWD website. These provide a great basis for inspiring lessons, activities, projects and discussions that could have a “Women in Computing” flavour!