Celebrating Women's History Month

At Nasdaq, our purpose is to champion inclusive growth and prosperity. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are celebrating pioneers and trailblazers working in business and tech who are a part of Nasdaq and beyond.

Leading the Way

Celebrating Pioneering Women of Tech & Business

  • World’s first computer programmer

    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of the British Romantic poet Lord Byron, is recognized as the world’s first computer programmer. Born in London, she was homeschooled by her mother, who insisted that she learn science and mathematics. The Countess of Lovelace is referred to as the first programmer because she had written notes explaining how the notion of a specific engine could transition calculation to computation. In 1842, she wrote the first-ever algorithm for processing numbers on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer or analytical engine. Babbage was so impressed by her mathematical skills that he referred to her as “The Enchantress of Numbers.” The computer language ADA was named after her. Considering that she is one of the famous women in technology, every second Tuesday in October is known as Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM careers.
    Ada Lovelace

In honor of Women’s History Month, we highlight members of Nasdaq's employee resource group WIN (Women In Nasdaq), which brings together over 900 global members to further their mission of engaging, educating, and empowering professionals across our organization. Through stories of women paving the way, we learn about their diverse backgrounds, roles and what it means to be an ally of this community.

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