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.