Ada Lovelace, one of the true computing pioneers, is being celebrated today along with other women in science and technology.
Lovelace was a close collaborator of mathematician Charles Babbage and is credited with work on the Analytical Engine that is seen as a precursor to modern computing.
Lovelace is celebrated on a yearly basis for her achievements, but women in technology remain significantly under-represented.
A series of transparency reports from large technology firms has identified a male/female imbalance in the workplace where women staffers are outnumbered by around seven to three. The firms have all said that they are working hard to correct the imbalance.
The technology industry often does little to help itself, as we saw recently with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella was polled on women in the workplace and asked how they should handle their career advances and salary rises. His answer, essentially, was don't.
"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along," he said, adding that it would be "good karma" to leave a career to chance.
Nadella quickly changed his stance, apologised and updated his statements. However, his view is apparently well entrenched.
Dr Timo Hannay, managing director of Digital Science, said that Lovelace was a pioneer in an industry that has always been hard for women.
"Ada worked in an environment that, to put it mildly, hindered the intellectual and vocational progress of women," he said.
"Society has changed since then, as has science. Women are just as committed and capable as men when it comes to building a career and having a positive impact on the world.
"So as well as remembering Ada, we must also use the day as a broader celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths and look to the future."
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