24th March 2009 is Ada Lovelace Day, and Suw Charman-Anderson has called for at least one thousand people to pledge to blog about a woman in technology that they admire.
“I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.”
Suw writes on her blog:
I’ve mainly stayed away from the discussion of gender issues in technology. I didn’t think that I had any real expertise to share. But over the last six months, after many conversations, it has become clear that many of my female friends in tech really do feel disempowered. They feel invisible, lacking in confidence, and unsure how to compete for attention with the men around them…
If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.
Anyone with a blog can participate, and there’s a wide scope of what it means to be “in technology”. At time of publishing, 826 people have signed up so it looks as if the target will be easily met. If you’re interested in taking part, head over to the PledgeBank page to sign up.
There’s a Facebook event page, #ALD09 is the Twitter hashtag, and AdaLovelaceDay09 is the tag for other services such as Delicious, Technorati, and so on.