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Home | Spokane Geek Girls. Home. PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS. Confident Coding | 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”. 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 I won’t go over the details. Start at this article and then the internets will give you all the information you can stand. The short of it is that there’s a video promoting the Geeklist brand that made some women uncomfortable. Over the course of this internet argument, I had several well-meaning and curious guys reach out to me to try and understand what all the fuss was about.

So I’m going to take a shot at explaining. Why is this a big deal? I think this might be the place to start. So in this incident, a woman was offended. The reason this is a big deal is not because some women got offended. Maybe you’re shaking your head right now. How do you know this? Stay with me guys. All of these things. SystersLinks. Dot Diva | Educators & Parents | 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. 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. Make It Social Feature people working together—collaboration and teamwork are important to girls. Don't Be Stuffy. Women in Tech. If you're still working on your annual self-review, you're in good company. 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: John Matheny – SVP, Media & Commerce EngineeringRusty Berg – VP, Service Engineering - Platform & Data ServicesAlison Hu – Talent & Organization Development Here are some highlights from the meeting, for inspiration. How much time should you spend on your self-review? Our panelists agreed that no matter what else you might have on your plate, your self-review is Read More »from Tips on writing self-reviews from Women in Tech’s panel. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome « Jean Hsu. Geek Girl Camp. An Interview with Frances E. Allen | January 2011. 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. Your first compiler work was for IBM Stretch.a Yes. How many copies of Stretch were built? Eight or nine. But still, 50 times... Meanwhile, the underlying technology had changed. What was your connection with Stretch?

My role was on the compiler. Did you already know FORTRAN, or were you learning it a week ahead, as professors often do? Yeah, a week ahead [laughs]. It was recognized later that the technology developed in building Stretch made a huge difference for subsequent machines. Did you win them over? Yes—and won myself over. Did you ever work on that compiler yourself? I was reading the code in order to do the training. Yes. Yes. Pseudocontext in Computer Science. Can you imagine a programming assignment or example where "common sense and real-world knowledge are not needed"? Math teacher (and now PhD student in education) Dan Meyer proposed that many math problems fit into this category, exhibiting what he calls pseudocontext. Dan settles on the following definition of pseudocontext: context that is flatly untrue: "a basketball team scores two points every minute for the duration of the game.

"operations that have nothing to do with the given context: "the age of Mark's dad is three more than four times Mark's age. " And in an earlier post on the topic, describes why it's a problem: We need to call pseudocontext out when we see it, call it out by name. I've been thinking about some of the assignments we can see in computer science classes and how far from reality they can seem, and wondered whether we suffer from the same issues.

It's certainly not as clear as with math problems, however. Vi Hart: Math Doodling. Remember that video about doodling dragons and fractals and stuff? 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. Part of working on part 2 was working on part 3 and other related material, so the next one should go faster. Also I have no conferences scheduled for the rest of the year and I’m keeping it that way! Here was part 1, via Torrent or YouTube. From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men? A few strands are coming together in comments. 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.

This seems to me pretty much the standard thing of no-one listening until it’s said by a bloke (even if the women have already been saying it). Meanwhile on the Wednesday Geek Woman post on Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Chronic Geek asks: As a side note. The following have already been recommended: Margaret Wertheim (1995) Pythagoras’s Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender WarJulie Des Jardins (2010) The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science Lesley Hall herself also has a book chapter: (2010) ‘Beyond Madame Curie?

Like this: Like Loading... Ghc2010 - Anita Borg Institute Wiki. CompSci Woman. Inspire & Encourage |  Google Logo: What’s it all about? Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here! WomenInTech. Blog Archive » Woman in technology. Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize. On the Big Web Show, I talked about being a women in a male dominated field (min 7:12).

“I was a carpenter before I got into web stuff, so you guys can’t really compete with the carpenters, no matter how unruly you get.” That is true, but a simplification. Zeldman threw me a chance to speak openly about being a woman in technology, and out of nervousness, I punted. After conducting a thorough study on the status of female researchers at MIT. He says it beautifully. Why is computer science a sausage fest? Affirmative action. 2D Goggles. 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. We welcome the participation of women technologists of all ages and at any stage of their studies or careers.

Systers is the world’s largest email community of women in technical roles in computing. Anita’s vision in creating Systers in 1987 was to “increase the number of women in computer science and make the environments in which women work more conducive to their continued participation in the field.” Systers continues to serve this purpose by providing women a private space to seek advice from their peers, and discuss the challenges they share as women technologists.

Systers is curated by the current Systers-keeper, Rose Robinson. Join the Systers community. How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer sc.