It's National Fierce Women Day!

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In honor of Ada Lovelace Day (which is today, October 13), we are highlighting eight of the fiercest females in technology. But first, who was Ada Lovelace? She is known as the world's first computer programmer (yes, a woman! #YouGoGirl), born in 1815. Her mother, a mathematician and genius herself, wanted her to share her love for early-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and progressively had Ada study these subjects.

Ada become a fierce woman in her own right, famously publishing, "Sketch of the Analytical Engine, with Notes from the Translator," in which she publish some of the earliest work on computer programs.

Remember the movie with Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game, about Alan Turning? If you haven't seen it - watch it! The real Alan Turning (who was an uber-genius) actually used Ada's notes as some of his most important references and research for his work on the first modern computers. Could Ada have been any more fierce?!

Ada unfortunately died of cancer at the age of 36, but that didn't stop her legacy from living on. Ada Lovelace Day recognizes the achievements of women in STEM, so we've put together a list of eight of the fiercest females in tech.

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