We celebrate Women’s Equality Day not only to honor the incredible suffragettes who marched and protested to secure women’s voting rights, but also to celebrate the progress we’ve made as we continue to chart a better path to equality.
Shaping this path to a better future begins with women having their voices heard through voting. In every U.S. presidential election dating back to 1984, women have turned out to vote at slightly higher rates than men. Women need to exercise their right to vote to continue to progress our goal of equality. We have the power to elect representatives in office who reflect our values and appreciate our contributions to this country. It has been a century of milestones leading to greater equality, but it’s not over yet.
Women have always been a force to be reckoned with. Our contributions in the world are vast and far-reaching, but we’re not always given the recognition we deserve. As a senior executive in the tech industry, I want to acknowledge a foremother Ada Lovelace, who paved the way for women in this traditionally male-dominated arena. Lovelace was a gifted mathematician and writer. She is widely known as the world’s first computer programmer. In partnership with her colleague, Ada contributed to the first computer-like device known as the Analytical Engine. She described how codes could be written for the Analytical Engine to handle letters, symbols, and numbers. Her forward-thinking concepts and ideas around looping are still being applied to computer programs today.
Like Melba Roy Mouton, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr (the star of the silver screen and an innovator in radio technology), and many more women who have influenced technology, Ada Lovelace was a pioneer for strong women in STEM. As Chief Marketing Officer at Digital Reasoning, I’m proud to work alongside incredibly smart, talented women in tech. I’m also proud of the culture of equality that is fostered throughout our organization. Today I celebrate the women who are changing the way AI is applied to solve some of the world’s toughest problems, to make it a better place and protect the things that matter.