True diversity and inclusion is about more than gender

Today we celebrate the influence of a world-renowned mathematician who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer. Working with another early computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace created the first known algorithm and, as a result, made a significant contribution to the world of technology.

The fact that Ada was a woman should be irrelevant.

But alas, gender still is an issue, as evidenced by the fact that only a small percentage of girls take STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering or math) at school. Thankfully this is changing but so much work is needed before we can reach true gender parity within the education system and in organizations.

I look forward to the day when future generations will celebrate her contribution without needing to reinforce that she is a woman, just a great mathematician.

Today, Ada Lovelace is an inspirational figure for women young and old, which is why we are pleased to be a sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day. Our colleagues in Shanghai, Noida, Sophia, Trondheim, Lund, Boston, Austin, Sheffield, Bangalore, San Jose, Budapest and Cambridge are hosting educational outreach activities in honor of Ada, inspiring students to get into tech.

While we celebrate women in STEM, we also want to use today as an opportunity to talk about the wider topic of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and why it is important to ARM’s culture.

ARM owes so much of its success to the large number of unique individuals who’ve come together to share their ideas and collaborate. Without the diversity and uniqueness of our people we wouldn’t be where we are today. As a result, our view of D&I is not limited to race and gender. Instead, we see it in its wider context. It encompasses race and gender, but also many other attributes such as age, ways of thinking, opinions, skills, capabilities, sexual orientation, physical abilities and many, many others.

Our objective within ARM is to continue to create an environment that encourages diverse opinions and personalities. A place where everybody feels valued, and where we can celebrate and embrace our individuality to defy the ordinary, shape the extraordinary, and be our brilliant selves.

It is about what you can do, and together what we can accomplish.