The official "Ada Lovelace Day" website suggests honoring the occasion (and Lovelace herself, who many consider to be the world's first computer programmer) by "sharing stories of women โ€” whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians โ€” who have inspired you to become who you are today." Discover's Ed Yong has an awesome take on the tradition: he's sharing a list of kickass science writers who also happen to be women. "As I've said before, this is not a list of top female science writers;" Yong writes. "this is an all-female list of top science writers." YES.

We highly recommend taking some time today to check out Maggie Koerth-Baker on abortion, Virginia Hughes on the neuroscience of resilience, Barbara King on captive killer whales, or any one/all of Yong's superb recommendations. If you get in trouble for slacking at work because you're so engrossed in, say, Maryn McKenna's piece on chickens and UTIs, tell your boss that you're celebrating a really important holiday.

And please tell us about your own favorite female science journalists below!

[Discover Magazine]