Beyond Ada: The Future Of Women In STEM

Oct 20, 2016 7:45 AM ET

Originally posted on Huffington Post

By Becky Plummer
Senior Software Engineer at Bloomberg LP in London

Happy Ada Lovelace Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who’ve come before us. It’s also a day to look to the future.

Beyond Ada Lovelace herself, who is credited as the world’s first computer programmer, many female innovators deserve celebration, yet many of us struggle to name them.

From the medical syringe and central heating to Kevlar and even the foundations for WiFi - there is no question that women have brought, and will continue to bring great innovations to the world we live in. But with women making up just 14.4% of the UK’s STEM workforce in 2015, what would the technology industry - and the world - look like in 2050, if there were more women in STEM?

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