Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate the contributions that women have made – and do make – to the worlds of science and technology. (If you don’t know who Ada Lovelace was then you’re not a real geek – check Wikipedia.)

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace


As a scientist, I inhabit what has been seen as a male-dominated world, but that is changing. Here at NOCS, I joined the PhD program as part of an intake that was around 50% female and that is reflected in other PhD years too and – largely – among the younger postdocs.

KDE does relatively well among free software communities when it comes to attracting female contributors, but that shouldn’t hide the fact that compared to the wider world we still do pretty badly. The issues are likely complex and will take a long time to change, but I’m sure we can all think of a few examples of possible causes. None of the ones I can think of actually came from KDE or its contributors, which is a good sign.

So, female or male, what’s stopping you from joining KDE?

One Response to “Ada Lovelace Day”

  • Sujith H says:

    Perfect post. I like the last sentence “So, female or male, what’s stopping you from joining KDE?”