2015 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, a woman celebrated as one of the first computer programmers and a symbol for overlooked women in science.
The Reilly Center's Ada200 celebration will be a time to reflect on the important role that women and minorities have played in the history of science as well as the barriers they still face.
This website will be updated frequently as we plan events throughout the rest of the year. You can also find us on Facebook.
Showing of the documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
December 3, 2015 at 7pm in DPAC
Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.
In the works:
- A collaboration with the St. Joseph County Public Library highlighting books on women and minorities in science.
- A Reading Invasion encouraging readers of all ages to read books about women and minorities in science in public.
Dr. Jessica Baron
Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
Director of Media and Engagement, History of Science Society