On October 13, 2020, Oracle Academy México hosted the first event to celebrate and commemorate the Ada Lovelace legacy. On online event that took place in two sessions drew more than 700 attendees. It was led by eight STEM female leaders from Oracle Academy member institutions and Oracle Women’s Leadership advocates to commemorate the woman who was the first programmer in history. Ada Lovelace not only was the creator of the first programming code, but she also visualized computer science as a separate element. She was ahead of her time in a way that would open the doors for many women behind her, something completely unimaginable in 1800.
Oracle Academy encouraged eight outstanding women in STEM to share part of their stories and the struggle that each one of them encountered in a field where, step by step, women have become leaders.
In the words of Carolina Pérez Alvarado, a computer science student from ITESM, the first challenge students encounter is the lack of female students and female teachers as role models. Fortunately, the number of women in computing has increased over the past years, but females currently make up only 38% of computer science students in México.
Lilan Kravzov, headmaster from Universidad Abierta a Distancia, shared her vision of how this struggle starts in the classroom, and invited the students and women, who are entering into technical careers, to be sure to not give up, to speak out loud, and for teachers to find talent in every one of them to develop.
One of the key messages the participants shared is questioning from education on the roles assigned to women. The female thought leaders encouraged them to rethink their own capacities, and mostly don’t limit them. This will allow women to open to more pathways for other women in education and in professional fields, especially in information technology and computing, which can offer rewarding careers for everybody.
We would like to thank the eight speakers for furthering Oracle Academy’s mission to increase computing education globally. Thank you Lilan Kravzov, Headmaster from Universidad Nacional a Distancia; Rocío Guadalupe Salazar, teacher from Universidad Anáhuac Mayab; Carolina Pérez Alvarado, student from ITESM; and Monserrath Viridiana, student from CONALEP, and to our Oracle Women’s Leadership advocates Adriana Capitaine, Daniele Botaro, Jamzich D’Herrera, and Ivonne Rivera from Oracle. Thank you for helping to inspire more women in tech and encourage diversity in technology fields.