This weeks #wcw goes out to this strong, amazing, beautiful woman that we are lucky enough to call a friend! @wild_rose84 She's an all around fantastic and ferocious woman and also an amazing mother to soon to be two babies! Megan is one of the strongest women I know. She's always there for everyone around her and even though she's been through her fair share of struggles in the past, she continues to fight through it all. She truly is an inspiration. Thanks for being such a powerful woman and friend -ariel & ang #youarebeautiful#youareworthy#amazingwomen
The love a girl has for her mum is unbreakable even with the short time that i had you in my life I treasure all them little memories that I have until I see you again knowing that I havied got any of your thing to keep but photos to look on I'm so greatful that I look like you because you were such a beautiful woman with a smile on your face even though the hard times and that's what I remember the most was your smile and the kindness and caring person you were if I could be as half as wonderful as you were I'll be happy. Love you #amazingwomen#mymum#hergirl#lovehersomuch#noonewilltakeyourplace#missyoualways#motheranddaughter
Amy Johnson, 1903 - 1941
Amy was born on 1st July 1903 in Hull England. She attended the University of Sheffield and graduated with a degree in economics. Amy then became a secretary in London. She began flying as a hobby and attained her pilot's licence in 1929 from the London Aeroplane Club. With the help of her father, Amy purchased a second hand de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth aircraft which she named "Jason". On 24th May 1930 Amy became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. From Croydon she flew 11,000 miles until crash landing in Darwin. For her achievement she received the Harmon Trophy, awarded to outstanding aviators, and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In July 1931, Amy and a copilot became the first to complete the 1,760 mile journey from London to Moscow in one day. They continued on to Tokyo over Siberia, setting another record for the fastest journey from England to Japan. On 29th July 1932 Amy married fellow pilot Jim Mollison, who proposed to her 8 hours after they met while flying together. Around this time she also broke the record for the fastest flight from London to Capetown, previously held by Jim. In July 1933 the couple attempted to fly from South Wales to New York, but ran out of fuel and crash landed in Connecticut. After their recovery, they received a ticker tape parade along Wall Street. In 1938 they divorced and in 1940 Amy joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, transporting Royal Air Force aircraft. On 5th January 1941 Amy was delivering a plane to RAF Kidlington near Oxford in severe weather. Blown off course, she bailed out of the aircraft over the river Thames and landed in the water. It is unclear whether she ran out of fuel or was shot down by friendly fire. Commander Walter Fletcher of the nearby HMS Haslemere dove into the icy water to save her but was overcome by the strong current and died days later. Amy's body was never recovered. #amyjohnson#aviator#aviatrix#hull#pilot#fly#flying#flight#recordbreaker#gipsymoth#aircraft#plane#englandtoaustralia#london#moscow#tokyo#cbe#newyork#crashlanding#tickertapeparade#ww2#wwii#vintage#nofilter#amazingwomen#womenshistory
Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (I know… best title ever) was a Mathematician and writer. She was the only ‘legitimate’ child of Lord Byron the english poet, who separated from her mother a month after her birth in 1815, what a stand up guy!
The Countess’s claim to fame, the reason I'm telling you about her right now, is her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine and are important in the early history of computers. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.
In her notes, Lovelace emphasised the difference between the Analytical Engine and previous calculating machines, particularly its ability to be programmed to solve problems of any complexity. Developing a vision of the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching, while many others, including Babbage himself, focused only on those capabilities. Effectively anticipating the implications of modern computing one hundred years before they were realised.
Her mindset of "poetical science" led her to ask questions about the Analytical Engine (as shown in her notes) examining how individuals and society relate to technology as a collaborative tool. Something we can certainly see reflected in todays technology.
She also believed that intuition and imagination were critical to effectively applying mathematical and scientific concepts. She valued metaphysics as much as mathematics, viewing both as tools for exploring "the unseen worlds around us”. She Died at 36 after a several month long battle with uterine cancer. She was buried next to her father whom she never knew who died at the same age.
Her namesake is taken for the Ada Initiative which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the involvement of women in the free culture and open source
Her contribution was small in size but far reaching in terms of ideas, from little things big things grow. A history that is important to remember when we look at the gender gap in the IT industries today.