In my book "Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers" I spend time on Ada's endeavours as a child: she made plans for building a plane powered by steam in 1828 in addition to her imaginative way of learning and teaching math.

Early encouragement which fits a child's inherent talents is probably the most effective: from toys, to activities, to stories, to games, to models of women who were involved in math and science activities. My publisher is a Harvard trained physician, in addition to being a publisher, and just sat on the interview committee for this years candidates for Harvard Medical School- 64% female, as contrasted to his class where there was one lone female.

-- Betty Toole, author of "Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers"