Links to look into for Women’s History Month:
- Women Driving Innovation in Manufacturing:https://www.sme.org/aboutsme/women-influencing-manufacturing/
- Women Make America Initiative: https://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/women/wma/
Erin: Hey, Lori. Happy International Women's Month. It's about us broads. Yeah. And it got me to thinking, we spent some time talking about the ladies on this show, and we get such cool stories from women in manufacturing and the stories that we share as well. I thought it'd be cool to really dig into the history. Who are the women that came before us? And so when I was doing a little bit of research, I discovered that President Jimmy Carter established the first International Women's Week, the official designation from the White House. And in doing so, he had the most wonderful quote. And can I read that to you? Yeah. And you know what? I might choke up. So please just bear with me, people. Okay. This is Jimmy. I'm not going to do it in a Southern accent, though. From the first settlers who came to our shores, to the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often, the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
Lori: Wow. You just get all the feels with that right away, don't you? Yeah.
Erin: Gave me the chills. Just such an honest recognition from the top man in power, the President of the United States, that it wasn't, oh, women in their own right deserves some recognition. No, they built this country. Let's give them their props. And so I think it's really great that we have this celebration and that we get to revisit some of the women in history that, well, we may have heard their name or in many cases not. We just haven't really had the historical reference that we have for a lot of the men's names in history. And so I thought today would be fun to do a little history lesson. What are some ladies we could talk about?
Lori: I like that idea. All right. Well, I'm going to let you go first and set the stage.
Erin: Okay. Sure. I'm going to start with Aida Lovely. S he was... Oh, my gosh. I should know what era she's from, like the 1700s. I have a special connection to her for a number of reasons. One, my children have this amazing book about Aida Lovelace and it's just gorgeous. I've known her story for a while. And two, she's recognized as a woman pioneer in computing and computer science. Although her contributions took place much before we had actual computing technology, the algorithmic and mathematical thinking that really provided the platform from which computational power was built came directly from Lady Lovelace. And even more interesting, this was wild. She's the daughter of Lord Byron, that poet.
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