Enchantress of Numbers


Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of a woman who is widely appreciated as "the first programmer".

At SAS I work with a lot of programmers and other technical folks, many of whom are women (including my boss and my boss' boss). I tend to take this for granted, perhaps because my mother was a computer. But not everyone lives in such a balanced world, which is why organizations like this serve an important role.

I also have 3 daughters. I don't know whether any of them will choose a career in technology, but I'll make sure that they know that they have the heritage to support it.

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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies


  1. Ralph Winters on

    Maybe spreading Ada's legacy will encourage more women to rejoin the ranks of computer science. Women programmers have been declining for the past decade.

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