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Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
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This amazing frontier woman used mine shafts as her fridge for beer and shot bears to get lard for the pastry to make rhubarb pie.
Have you come across any stories of amazing women (famous or maybe a friend or neighbour)?
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Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, (born January 15, 1850, Moscow, Russia—died February 10, 1891, Stockholm, Sweden), mathematician and writer who made a valuable contribution to the theory of partial differential equations. She was the first woman in modern Europe to gain a doctorate in mathematics, the first to join the editorial board of a scientific journal, and the first to be appointed professor of mathematics.
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Women hunters from the 14th century England as depicted in the Taymouth Hours:
1. Lady killing a boar with a spear Yates Thompson 13, f. 77v
2.Blowing the Mort and disemboweling the kill>
3. Bow shooting from horseback>
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This 19th century woman doctor helped usher Indian women into medicine and as well as dedicating her career to treating women, she helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.
Right Hon. Augusta Ada King-Noel the Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852)
was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and the first computer programmer.
The Countess was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, and his wife Anne Isabella Milbanke ("Annabella"), Lady Wentworth.
The computer language Ada, created on behalf of the United States Department of Defense, was named after the Countess Lovelace.
Since 1998 the British Computer Society (BCS) has awarded the Lovelace Medal, and in 2008 initiated an annual competition for women students. BCSWomen sponsors the Lovelace Colloquium, an annual conference for women undergraduates. Ada College is a further-education college in Tottenham Hale, London focused on digital skills.
Ada Lovelace Day is an annual event celebrated in mid-October whose goal is to "... raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths," (see Women in STEM fields) and to "create new role models for girls and women" in these fields. The Ada Initiative was a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the involvement of women in the free culture and open source movements.
The Engineering in Computer Science and Telecommunications College building in Zaragoza University is called the Ada Byron Building. The computer centre in the village of Porlock, near where Lovelace lived, is named after her. Ada Lovelace House is a council-owned building in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, near where Lovelace spent her infancy; the building was once an internet centre
She is also the inspiration and influence for the Ada Developers Academy in Seattle, Washington. The academy is a non-profit that seeks to increase diversity in tech by training women, trans and non-binary people to be software engineers.
One of the tunnel boring machines excavating London's Crossrail project is named Ada.
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