I am Ada

March 24th was the international day for blogging about women in technology. Thousands of people have posted a story about one woman in computing who they admire. Here we go! I thought about posting, but never thought that someone will post about me!

My friend and colleague Anne has thought about me, when thinking of her Ada. So amazing and encouraging, indeed! I did not think that I could inspire someone in this. I do not even consider myself as a woman in computing...

Under the title: Christina Haralanova et le féminisme libriste à Montréal, Anne tells the story (in French) about how I started up with computers when I was 9 (with Basic and Pascal), and how I got to know Linux. The story of having my first laptop and participating to the first linux-install fest in Plovdiv, back then in 2002. Time passed so quickly, that by the end of the year I was already deeply involved in the local Free Software Association (FSA-Bulgaria). Then I linked my work of training women in ICT with the freedom philosophy and got a magic mix of "free women". Nowadays I write this all into my masters' thesis, and I even feel like writing a book.

Anne says that I inspired her to a feminist look in technologies, which she was noticing, but did not know how to explain or argument. I was especially touched by the fact, that she thinks I inspired her, but at the same time, I think that she did inspire me...