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Women’s History Wednesday: Ada Lovelace

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Ada Lovelace was the word’s first computer programmer … in the 1840s. That’s right, we said 1840s.

Ada was only six years older than Clara Barton. While Clara was planting the seeds of international humanitarian law, Ada was laying the ground work for the computer age. One thing’s for sure: nineteenth century women knew how to get things started.

To learn more, check out Sydney Padua’s amazing graphic novel about Ada’s adventures:

Sydney Padua Cartoon of Ada Lovelace's Origin StoryFor more information:

  • Read all about the “Enchantress of Numbers”
  • Listen to this podcast about her life
  • Peruse these primary sources



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