This week at The Cloud, The SaaS, and The Cloud Security Awards, we are celebrating International Women in STEM Day. Celebrate with us as we shine a spotlight on just a few of the remarkable women that have made their own contributions to the field of STEM.

The history of Ada Lovelace

Born in 1815, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was the daughter of the well-known Poet Laureate Lord Byron and his wife, Lady Byron. She was a well-educated young woman with an aptitude for math.

Ada collaborated with Charles Babbage – mathematician and inventor of the mechanical computer, on a complex Analytical Engine. This computer was capable of running tabulation or computational programs by using Bernoulli numbers (a sequence of rational numbers which occur repeatedly in analysis).

The achievements of Ada Lovelace in STEM

Ada Lovelace is credited with inventing the computing ideas known today as a “loop,” which is a sequence of instructions that are run numerous times, and a “subroutine,” which is a portion of a program that can be brought up at any time.

At age 30, Ada contributed to an Italian journal on Babbage’s work which introduced some highly advanced programming ideas. Among these was the perforated card system that would be required to program the first computers in the mid-twentieth century.

A symbol for women in STEM today

It took nearly a century before Ada’s complex computer code was even tested. In 1944, an American engineer and computing pioneer called Howard Aiken created an electromagnetic computer which was closely related to Ada’s findings. Aiken’s gadget, known as the Mark I, was funded by IBM.

We now recognize that Ada was a tech visionary and she is widely regarded to be the first computer programmer.

Today, there are far more women working in STEM fields than there were 30 years ago. According to the NCES, over 140,000 women worked in STEM fields in 2009. This figure grew to 200,000, representing a 46% increase in just seven years. Currently, women make up an impressive 50% of workers in STEM industries.

The number of women studying STEM disciplines is also continuously increasing. Last year, 33% of STEM graduates were female, compared to 25% of women graduating from STEM subjects in 2015. We expect to see this number continue to grow over the next few years.

The Cloud Awards Celebrates Women in STEM

At The Cloud Awards, we love to recognize all kinds of innovation and achievement. We are always delighted to see successful women in STEM. Here are some of our past winners:

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Happy International Women in STEM Day, to everyone that works in STEM.

Together, the future of technology and science is boundless.