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Ada Lovelace Day: celebrating inspiring women in science and technology

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of celebration designed to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. To mark the event, we asked women working in science and technology today to let us know which women had inspired them so that they, in turn, could inspire others. 

Inspired by... Marie Curie and Jo Boaler

"I came across [Marie Curie's] work when I was 8 in a graded reader at school. I can still remember it..."

In her video, Sarah Davies, head of higher education and student experience at Jisc speaks about being inspired by the scientist Marie Curie from a young age and by Dr Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, founder of and writer of The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths.

Inspired by... Debbie Moore and Mariana Mazzucato

"there are so many women in science and technology that have inspired me over the years...they are tackling the world's toughest problems"

In her video Daniela Duca, senior co-design manager at Jisc shares how she's been inspired by Pineapple Dance Studios founder, Debbie Moore - the first woman to have listed her company on the London Stock Exchange. She also speaks of her admiration for Professor Mariana Mazzucato, part of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.

Inspired by... Dame Stephanie Shirley

"Back in the 1960s she started the first all-female programming company"

A winner of Jisc's 2016 student ideas competition with the augmented reality app, PhD student Marta Stelmaszak speaks about being inspired by fellow entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Dame Stephanie Shirley.

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