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Spokane Geek Girls. Home. PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS. This is like a safari ride through the shitty attitudes of the present tech industry and the even shittier future world it’s trying to build.


Post absolutely everything to Facebook. Indulge your adolescent male power fantasies: beat the men who bullied you as a kid at their own manly games using superior technology. Seduce women by auto-stalking their Facebook profiles and mining personal information. Get instant feedback on how you’re doing through voice analysis. JavaScript for the Web. What’s the big deal? « Not Rich Yet. Several times in the last several weeks, I’ve found myself involved in an internet dust-up on twitter about “women in tech”.

What’s the big deal? « Not Rich Yet

This is the politically correct term. But what it’s really about is the rampant misogyny and sexism in the tech industry. The most recent kerfuffle involved SystersLinks. What Works with Girls: Images. Because graphic images can work on a visceral, emotional level, they have the power to help transform girls' perceptions of computing.

What Works with Girls: Images

Here's what we’ve learned about images from our focus groups with girls. It's about People, Not Technology Images of technology alone (even of cool gadgets like smartphones or 3-D imaging) don't generate much career interest from girls. But add a person to the mix (especially someone who looks happy or engaged), and the chemistry changes dramatically. Help Girls See Themselves in Computing While women of all ages make great role models and mentors for girls, our focus groups revealed that girls were particularly influenced by photographs of young women just a few years older than themselves. In a field overwhelmingly populated by white males, it's especially important that young women of all races and ethnicities see images of themselves. Women in Tech. If you're still working on your annual self-review, you're in good company.

Women in Tech

I'm still putting the finishing touches on mine, and I have list of requests for coworker feedback that I'm also chiseling down on. With deadline looming, I thought I would share some advice from Yahoo! Leaders about the process. Last week, Women in Tech gathered a panel to talk about the process, offer tips about how to write an effective self-review, and share what the review process really accomplishes. We were grateful to host the following esteemed speakers: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome « Jean Hsu. Geek Girl Camp. An Interview with Frances E. Allen.

Interview By Guy L. Steele Communications of the ACM, Vol. 54 No. 1, Pages 39-45 10.1145/1866739.1866752 Comments ACM Fellow Frances E. Allen, recipient of the 2006 ACM A.M. Turing Award and IBM Fellow Emerita, has made fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of program optimization and compiler construction over a 50-year career.

ACM Fellow Guy L. Pseudocontext in Computer Science. Can you imagine a programming assignment or example where "common sense and real-world knowledge are not needed"?

Pseudocontext in Computer Science

Math teacher (and now PhD student in education) Dan Meyer proposed that many math problems fit into this category, exhibiting what he calls pseudocontext. Vi Hart: Math Doodling. Remember that video about doodling dragons and fractals and stuff?

Vi Hart: Math Doodling

I finally finished part 2! Here is a magnet link so you can dowload it via torrent. Here it is on YouTube: You can tell I worked on it for a long time over many interruptions (travelling and other stuff), because in order to keep myself from hating what was supposed to be a quick easy part 2, I had to amuse myself with snakes. From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men? A few strands are coming together in comments.

From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men?

First, our linkspam linked to Richard Holmes’s The Royal Society’s lost women scientists, and Lesley Hall then commented: I’m somewhat annoyed at all the coverage A MAN talking about lost women scientists is getting, when we have several decades-worth of women historians of science who have been saying the exact same thing. Ghc2010 - Anita Borg Institute Wiki. CompSci Woman.   Google Logo: What’s it all about? As many of you may have seen, Google today 7th September 2010 put our a new interactive logo consisting of coloured dots relating to particles in the standard Google colours.

  Google Logo: What’s it all about?

The logo is interactive in the sense that you move the mouse towards the dots and they swish out of the way as if repelled by the mouse. Similarly you can shake the screen and mix them up and when they settle again they show the Google Logo in dots. Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here! Too important to be left to men Women have been at the forefront of computer science and electronic engineering from the outset.

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here!

Does that surprise you? It shouldn't but if it does it's probably due in great part to the power of stereotypes. At the moment too many girls have been believing the stereotypes, which just leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Fortunately many ignore them and are continuing to be as successful as the women of history. Here we celebrate some of the great women of the past, highlight the work of current top researchers and also profile some students who are set to continue the trend.

After all as leading computer scientist Karen Spärk-Jones said: "Computing's too important to be left to men". Read lots of articles here or download the pdf of our annual on women in computing. WomenInTech. Blog Archive » Woman in technology. 2D Goggles. Happy Ada Lovelace Day everybody!

2D Goggles

If you’re new to this blog, you will probably want to start with Lovelace: The Origin, so you know who everybody is. The last couple of Ada Lovelace Days I wrote about a few other women around our heroine, but today I want to come back to Lovelace herself. You usually hear about Lovelace the programmer but it’s Lovelace the visionary that’s been on my mind lately. Workplace sexism: Glass ceilings are supported by glass walls. Connecting Women and Technology » Anita Borg Institute for Women. Systers™ It’s important to know that you are not alone. Systers is a forum for all women involved in the technical aspects of computing. The list has over 4,000 members from at least 54 countries around the world. How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer sc. 574,252 views Featured in: Technology, Education.