Offir, is a retired woman who lives close to my home. She defines herself as a business woman, who’s meant to change many peoples lives. When I asked her to create her Facebook page she was reluctant about it and ask me a lot of questions about how to manage her privacy on it. She has had bad experiences with people around her opening Facebook and misuse it as she firmly believes, allowing criminals to know everything about them.
Laura is 54 now. She was born in a typical Colombian family back in those days, her mother was a housewife and her father a sergeant on the army, which is why since she was little she had the chance to get to know all kind of people in Colombia, and also some faces of injustice. Nowadays, her profession, lawyer, has allow her to help a lot of people on health care and to get their retirement money.
Laura Wheeler of Digital Science gives her perspective on the challenges facing women in science and in technology, and tells us why role models like Ada Lovelace can provide inspiration.
Over the last few months a few controversial incidents relating to gender inequality in science have brought such issues to the forefront of the media’s watchful eye.