International Women's Day 2018: Four Iconic Women Who Inspire Us

This Thursday 8th March is International Women's Day (#IWD2018); a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from around the world. To mark the day, we thought we'd share four pivotal women who inspire us...

1. Computers wouldn’t be what they are today without our Lady Ada Lovelace

Lady Ada Lovelace Image credit: Wikipedia

A fantastically bright and innovative woman, who also happened to be the daughter of Lord Byron. When Lady Lovelace wasn't number crunching, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Charles Dickens and many of the 'social elite' of her time.

Lady Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, who is widely known for her work with Charles Babbage – in creating the first ever proposed general-purpose computer, the ‘Analytical Engine’.

Our Lady Lovelace was also first to recognise that the machine could go beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by the machine.

Often, she’s regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a ‘computing machine’, and the first computer programmer. 

You can discover more about Lady Ada Lovelace here.

2. Heard of the Hidden Figures? Then you’ll know why Katherine Johnson is out of this world

Katherine Johnson Image credit: Wikipedia

One of the key members of the true story that inspired the Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson is a mathematician who worked at NASA (and its predecessors), for 35 years.

Whether it was calculating trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return-paths for countless flights – she was even involved in the Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. Katherine’s calculations were critical to the success of these missions, and in recognition of her amazing contribution, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Find out more about the amazing Katherine Johnson.

3. Fond of your WiFi & Bluetooth? You’ve got Hedy Lamarr to thank for that

Hedy Lamarr - Image credit: Wikipedia Image credit: Wikipedia

An icon for both beauty and intellect - this is Hedy Lamarr.

Hedy was an actress in a number of chart topping movies, but also a pioneer of technology. Hedy developed a 'radio guidance system' for U.S. torpedoes during World War II - and now, the principles of her work were incorporated into Bluetooth and WiFi technology.

Hedy's legacy is not only an iconic actress, but also as a pioneering and impactful inventor - known for her creativity and attention to detail.

Find out more about Hedy Lamarr

4. Rugby fan? Our very own Plumber, Marlie Packer is a key part of England Women’s Six Nations squad

Marlie PackerMarlie Packer is a professional England rugby player, plumber, brand ambassador and in-house blogger for HomeServe. Marlie plays rugby for Saracens and was a key part of the Red Roses' 2014 World Cup winning squad, also reaching the final in 2017.

Marlie is part of the Red Roses' squad which is currently leading a successful Six Nations campaign, and is holding a three-day all-girls training camp alongside Sale Sharks Community Trust, later this month.

Find out more about Marlie Packer