Celebrate International Ada Lovelace Day 2017 at York University

We are thrilled to announce that Elly Zupko will be York University’s third International Ada Lovelace Day speaker on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12:30pm in the York University Senate Chamber.

From “That Shirt” to “That Other Shirt” — Finding Ways to Honor the
Trailblazing Women of the Past & Future

In 2014, Elly led the enormously successful Kickstarter campaign to put pictures of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) on t-shirts, as a positive response to the infamous 2014 incident, that saw Matt Taylor, a leading European Space Agency scientist, appear on global TV wearing a shirt covered with nearly naked women.

Elly will talk about the incredible journey that the #WomenAreAllOverIt campaign has taken her on. This includes how her #ThatOtherShirt led her to found a non-profit that uses the proceeds from sales of her shirts to support programming in Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.


Elly will also speak at University of Toronto at Scarborough Campus on Tuesday 24th October, hosted by Professor Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs & Equity.

Elly UTSC poster Ada Lovelace 2017Tuesday 24th October — 12:30-1:30 pm, Humanities Wing, HW 305, UTSC

On Wednesday evening, Elly will speak in downtown Toronto, at Ryerson University, hosted by the Faculty of Science and the School of Fashion in the Faculty of Communication and Design.

Wednesday 25th October — 6:30-7:30 pm International Room in the International Living Learning Centre, 240 Jarvis Street, Ryerson University

Elly Ryerson Ada Lovelace Day

Elly’s talk follows Ryerson University Science Dean Imogen Coe’s 2015 Ada Lovelace Day talk, All About STEMinism, and astronomer, Professor Bryan Gaensler’s 2016 talk about how men can be allies to Women in STEM.

Annual Ada Lovelace day events give us an entrance point for work aimed at recognizing the frequently ignored contributions of women to STEM.

2017-08-16 15.20.50If Elly Zupko inspires you to take action in support of Women in STEM, please join us at York University, Keele Campus, for our third Wikipedia Editathon on Thursday October 26th, 10 am- 5 pm. Drop by the basement of Steacie Library, from 5 minutes to 5 hours, and help to create Wikipedia pages about Women in STEM. My project this year, was to create a page for my colleague, University of British Columbia and Environment Canada, ornithologist, Prof. Kathy Martin. But, since I got ahead of myself, I will start making Wikipedia pages for Elly, Dean Imogen Coe (Ryerson) and Vice-Dean Maydianne Andrade (UTSC)!

Kathy can be seen, at left, in August 2017. Kathy is holding copies of the book, Watershed Red, that she recently completed, when I first met her in 1981, while we were doing field work on Hudson Bay. Kathy was studying Willow Ptarmigan, for her PhD, and I was first an undergraduate field assistant, and then an MSc graduate student. Kathy has gone on to become one of the world’s top ornithologists. She needs a Wikipedia page about her achievements and I’m going to make her one in October.


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