For my Ada Lovelace pledge – to highlight a woman in technology whom I admire – I’m going for Evelyn Boyd Granville. To get your doctorate at Yale becoming one of the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D in mathematics; to do so at such an Ivy League college; to work on both the Mercury Project and the Apollo Project is pushing out the envelope and then some – for anyone.
To do all this as both a woman and a black women – amazing. As she put it when asked to summarise her achievements: “First of all, showing that women can do mathematics … [and], being an African American woman, letting people know that we have brains too.”
Way to go!