“Imagination is the discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of science.” ~ Ada Lovelace, qtd in Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, 2016
Datawerq recently posted a blog on the “10 most influential women in data,” and this got us thinking: why only 10? The women featured in the blog are awesome to be sure, but there are more women in STEM working with data, than only the data scientists and executives profiled. This question is particularly pertinent as we approach Ada Lovelace Day, October 11, 2016, a day to commemorate the life of a “poetical scientist,” female mathematician and one of the first computer programmers. Meantime, what more can we learn about profound women in data and science?
In just two weeks’ time we’ll be hosting our October 13th Community Call co-hosted with @MozLearn and themed around projects and programs that promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math. This coordinates a month of activities focused on women in science, include an Ada Lovelace-themed curriculum workshop at MIT’s Libre Learning Lab, and the topic of this blogpost: our book club!
This month, we’ll launch our first distributed Book Club, a bi-monthly opportunity for our community to join in a conversation focused on Science and the Web! For our Ada Lovelace Day-themed month of October, we’ve selected Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, a beautiful illustrated encyclopedia detailing the lives and achievements of singular women in STEM.
Join @MozLearn and @MozillaScience to discuss and celebrate women in STEM during a one-hour tweet chat, loosely themed around the book-of-the-month, but more broadly discussing you favorite role-models, scientists, inventors, and mathematicians in a variety of tech-science disciplines
When: Wednesday, October 19th, 9am PT/12pm ET/4pm UTC
What: Tweet Book Chat: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (and Medicine!)
Questions we’ll discuss include:
* What advice would you share with young girls interested in pursuing scientific fields?
* What inspirational female scientist role model do you look up to and why?
* What book/biography changed your perspective on women in STEM and why?
We’ll also tweet out some choice quotes and images from our book of the month, some of which are featured in this blog.
Have a book to suggest for our next book club? Submit an idea and we might send you a copy of this month’s book, or some Mozilla Science Fox swag! Just fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch: https://mzl.la/mozBookClub