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Meet the most famous woman in computing you've probably never heard of. Ada Lovelace was born famous: the daughter of celebrated poet Lord Byron.

Meet the most famous woman in computing you've probably never heard of

Often considered the world’s first real rockstar, Byron’s wild lifestyle and sexual exploits helped define modern celebrity. Ada’s mom wanted none of it. To prevent her child from acquiring her dad’s crazy temperament, she banned poetry and educated her daughter strictly in the logic of mathematics. When Lovelace was 18, she met and impressed the famous mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. Rosie Stephenson: The Woman Who Wrote Over Three Thousand Articles on Wikipedia  On June 4, 2007, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight was reading a book at her son's apartment in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Rosie Stephenson: The Woman Who Wrote Over Three Thousand Articles on Wikipedia 

Halfway through the reading, she decided to find out more about the publisher of the book, Book League of America, on the internet. She ran a google search, but could not find much information. Then she searched within Wikipedia and found that there was no article about the book league. Instantly, three thoughts crossed her mind. First of all, she saw the knowledge gap in Wikipedia, a missing article about the Book League of America. Let Me Fix That For You, SFWA. The January 2013 cover of the SFWA Bulletin was the final straw in series of sexist incidents within the ranks of the SFWA.

Let Me Fix That For You, SFWA

Mr. Truesdale jumps to the defense of artists from the burden of editoral censure. Here, at Red Ink, we are great fans of editorial censure. Alyssa Rosenberg gave an excellent write-up in Slate. Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo. Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo This is a great photo I just ran across on the internets.

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo

It said it was “Margaret Hamilton, Apollo program”, but it didn’t say who Margaret Hamilton was. Harassment at Context. Uncategorized Several people have emailed me about reports of harassment at Context this year, which resulted in an individual being banned from the convention for five years.

Harassment at Context

Here’s my roundup of links about what happened. (Please let me know if I’ve missed anything.) Support for Black Humanity in Tech by Anonymous Author. There’s a revolution happening in this country and across the globe.

Support for Black Humanity in Tech by Anonymous Author

Hashtags of #BlackLivesMatter, cries of “Hands up, don’t shoot!” , and chants of “I can’t breathe!” Have been echoing through the streets and bouncing around my mind over the past few weeks. But you wouldn’t know it if you work in tech or maybe Corporate America in general. Let none of us pretend. Content Note: This post deals with the École Polytechnique massacre and violence against women.

Let none of us pretend

Today marks 25 years since 14 women were killed in an act of sickening violence at the École Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They were targeted for being women and for being engineers. How Chan-Style Anonymous Culture Shapes #gamergate (with images, tweets) · a_man_in_black. Feminist Complaint. I have offered a feminist equation Rolling eyes = feminist pedagogy.

Feminist Complaint

I want to make sense of this equation, or to show how this equation makes sense. I first came up with this equation – not necessarily in these exact terms – as a sense of something. I realised how much I had learnt from how eyes roll when I open my mouth, when I was listening to a diversity practitioner. It was an interview. A tsunami of testimonies: assaults in the Swedish larp community. Warning: this post details sexual violence.

A tsunami of testimonies: assaults in the Swedish larp community

This is a guest post by Kristin Nilsdotter Isaksson. It originally appeared in Swedish and in English on Spelkult. The Bad Apples Of #GamerGate. Twitter user @EvilBobDALMYT proclaims himself “#GamerGate Firebrand” in his bio and has been active in the tag since the beginning.

The Bad Apples Of #GamerGate

He is also present in the IRC chat logs, including having operator status on the channel. He at many points hunts for and provides personal information about the individuals speculated to have had sexual relations with Zoe Quinn. And that’s not counting the general gross, sexist and transphobic language. Aug 31 20.25.26 <EvilBob> These are the types of tranny bitches we’re dealing with. Julie Pagano - Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy. A year and a half ago, I wrote about my experiences and how working in the tech industry can be death by a thousand paper cuts. I doubt I was the first person to make this observation.

I know I am not the last. Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons. There is a clear problem of representation in games and — more broadly — in the cultures produced by games. This problem in representation has most recently yielded controversies such as #gamergate1, but it is also more or less responsible for debacles such as the PAX dickwolves saga, and the recent death threats to Anita Sarkeesian spurred by her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series. The First Female Gamers. The miniature wargame play celebrated in the War Game Digest could reach only a limited audience because it required painstaking efforts from dedicated and artisanal adults. Avalon Hill’s board wargames, on the other hand, could reasonably aspire to reach the mass market. They built on the recognized tradition of juvenile board games, but with a complexity that attracted a more mature consumer — all without the expense and craftsmanship that miniatures entailed.

Avalon Hill branded many of its wargames as famous American battles, with titles like Gettysburg or D-Day, which minimized the need for advertising or explanation. This introduced many thousands of young enthusiasts to the principles of wargaming. But once Avalon Hill opened a communication channel for their customers, something unexpected happened: a community that self-identified as gamers formed, and exhibited many characteristics that are familiar to us today. List of ethical concerns in video games (partial) A list of real ethical concerns in video games: Video games are used to covertly advance the political agendas of arms manufacturers. The aggressive marketing of capitalist war games is an inspiration to the U.S. military, which could take a page out of games marketing’s book in order to push unpopular ideas on the public.

Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a great fan of the Dragon Age series. I enjoy the soap opera-esque drama, the wisecracks, and waving around a giant sword while covered in the blood of my enemies. The game even has some aspects that are laudable from a feminist perspective. Wynne is one of my favorite characters of all time (and a fine illustration of Dalstål’s Law) The love interests for a female character are just as well written and fully fleshed-out as they are for the male characters.

Alistair, the male lead of the game, breaks with stale tropes of masculinity and shows real vulnerability and indecisiveness throughout the game. DisabilityEtiquette.pdf. No girls allowed. The End of Gatekeeping: The Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture - Paging Dr. NerdLove. Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces. Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression! Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers. A lesson for men's rights activists on real oppression - The Drum. 5 Things to Never Say to a Woman Who Doesn't Want Kids. Impostor Syndrome: Part 1 of 4. Female Friendships: Hitting All the Right Notes. Models of Sex. "What's a girl doing here?" About consent, or, the legalization of women’s humanity « I Blame The Patriarchy. The MRA Mirror. What empowerment is.

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Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Bigoted Questions. Is love universal? : Popular Romance Project. True Blood: The Vampire as A Multiracial Critique on Multicultural Pluralism (Nicole Rabin) Where Does Validation Come From?