Feminism

Feminism

A place to share feminist ideas, all are welcome.
Spidra Webster
Ellen Pao Lost, Women Didn't - Bloomberg View - http://www.bloombergview.com/article...
Ellen Pao Lost, Women Didn't - Bloomberg View
"The defeat of Ellen Pao's gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is already being interpreted as a loss for women in tech. This idea quickly became a meme on Twitter, bolstered by the jury's finding that Kleiner Perkins wasn't guilty. Its proponents also point to the fact that Pao’s personal life and professional competence were picked apart in court, exposing her to scrutiny that will live forever. (The Internet never forgets.) It’s not true. The jury's verdict isn't a loss for women or even for women in tech. A little more than a year ago, a series of sexist incidents and allegations of harassment and discrimination started to emerge from tech companies. Yet those cases never managed to break the dome of silence that encases the industry. Does anyone remember, for example, that the venture capital firm CMEA was the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit? Three executive assistants sued the company and a former partner for harassment and retaliation. Does... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I'm curious to see what the breakdown was. On the complaint that hasn't been decided, it was 8 in favor of Pao, 4 against (with 9 needed for agreement.) I'm guessing it was sent back because it was so close, so perhaps the others were less so. - Jennifer Dittrich
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Female engineer sues Twitter over ‘secretive’ promotional system that favors men - The Technology Chronicles - http://blog.sfgate.com/techchr...
Female engineer sues Twitter over ‘secretive’ promotional system that favors men - The Technology Chronicles
"A female former Twitter employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the San Francisco social media giant, contending that the company’s “secretive” promotional system favors men. Engineer Tina Huang said Twitter “creates a glass ceiling for women that cannot be explained or justified by any reasonable business purpose, because Twitter has no meaningful promotion process for these jobs: no published promotion criteria, nor any internal hiring, advancement, or application processes for employees,” according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco. The suit comes in the wake of the high profile gender-discrimination trial against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by Ellen Pao, a former investor there who claims that the firm promoted male colleagues over women and then subsequently punished her when she complained. Pao is suing the firm for $16 million in damages for gender discrimination and retaliation. While the facts in the two cases are different,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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As a Muslim woman, I see the veil as a rejection of progressive values | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Comment is free | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
As a Muslim woman, I see the veil as a rejection of progressive values | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Comment is free | The Guardian
"It could be a millenarian crisis or a delayed reaction to decades of bad history, but millions of Muslims seem to have turned inwards, hankering for an imagined golden age. They are contemptuous of modernity’s bendable, ductile values. Some are drawn to reactionary dogma, and preachers while a good number have thrown themselves into political Islam to resist and combat western hegemonies – or so the story goes. As a practising (though flawed) Shia Muslim, I watch the new puritans with apprehension. So too other Muslims worldwide, the silent many, watch and tremble. From the eighth to the early 20th century, Muslims strove for a broad education (as commanded in the Qur’an), questioned doctrines, and were passionate about scientific advancements, political and social ideals and art. Not even humiliating colonial rule deterred them from the march forward. Now the marchers are walking backwards. The hijab, jilbab, burqa and niqab are visible signs of this retreat from progressive values.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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New Google Doodle Honors Anna Atkins, Photography Pioneer | TIME - http://time.com/3745461...
New Google Doodle Honors Anna Atkins, Photography Pioneer | TIME
"Atkins' seminal book is considered the first to use photographic illustrations To celebrate what would have been the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, a new Google Doodle features images of leaves reminiscent of the botanist’s groundbreaking contribution to photography. Atkins used a version of “sun-printing” to create a book of photographed botanical specimens. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions was self-published in 1843 and is considered to be the first book illustrated with photographs. The method Atkins used for developing photos is called the Cyanotype technique. It is an iron-based chemical method that creates a white image appearing on a blue background. Exposure to sunlight is required for the process to work correctly, hence “sun-printing.” Through her career, Atkins collected hundreds of specimens and in 1865 she donated her entire collection to the British Museum. Born in Kent, southern England, on March 16, 1799, Atkins was raised by her father, a respected scientist, after her mother died during her daughter’s infancy. Atkins died on June 9, 1871, at the age of 72." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
As a woman's history thing... - Spidra Webster
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Former employee sues Facebook, alleging discrimination - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/busines...
Former employee sues Facebook, alleging discrimination - LA Times
"former Facebook employee has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the social media giant, alleging that the company treated her differently because of her gender and race. lRelated Facebook to roll out payments feature on Messenger Technology Now Facebook to roll out payments feature on Messenger See all related 8 In a lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, Chia Hong, who worked at Facebook for three years as a product manager and then as a technology specialist in finance, alleges that she was discriminated against both for being a woman and for being Taiwanese. Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex bias suit Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex bias suit Facebook's director of finance and infrastructure tools, Anil Wilson, is listed in the lawsuit as a defendant alongside a number of John Does. The lawsuit, filed Monday, accuses Wilson of "regularly ignoring or belittling Hong's professional opinions and input at group meetings in which she... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Sarah Mirk on Twitter: "Just looked through this whole 92-page new issue of Bicycle Quarterly & every single photo is of a dude. Zero women! http://t.co/kQL0N7NBeA" - https://twitter.com/sarahmi...
Sarah Mirk on Twitter: "Just looked through this whole 92-page new issue of Bicycle Quarterly & every single photo is of a dude. Zero women! http://t.co/kQL0N7NBeA"
"Just looked through this whole 92-page new issue of Bicycle Quarterly & every single photo is of a dude. Zero women!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Nun, 70, raped during robbery in India, official says - CNN.com - http://www.cnn.com/2015...
Nun, 70, raped during robbery in India, official says - CNN.com
"New Delhi (CNN)A gang of robbers struck a Christian school in eastern India on Saturday, and one of them raped a 70-year-old nun, a senior official said. The man apparently did so, because she resisted the robbers, said P.B. Salim, chief administrator of the West Bengal state's Nadia district. Previously, a church official had told CNN sister broadcaster CNN-IBN that three or four of the men had raped the woman. A group of seven to eight men allegedly barged into the school and its attached staff residence during pre-dawn hours, and the elderly Sister Superior raised an alarm and resisted, Salim said. The rape was apparently punishment for it. Later, the men tied her up along with two other nuns and the building guard. The robbers then made off with cash worth a few hundred thousand rupees (thousands of dollars), laptops and other articles, Salim said. The attacked nun is under medical care. "Physically, she is better. But the mental trauma will take its own time to heal," Salim... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I have seen her age given as 72, 70, and 75 and some other details about this being different so I guess the reporting might tighten up in a day or two? - Spidra Webster
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Ellen Pao fields 2 hours of questions from jury - San Jose Mercury News - http://www.mercurynews.com/busines...
Ellen Pao fields 2 hours of questions from jury - San Jose Mercury News
"It was the closest Ellen Pao and the group of 12 jurors deciding her fate may ever come to a conversation. Friday was the final day of testimony from Pao in her high-profile lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers that has riveted Silicon Valley and rattled the venture capital world. After four days of questioning Pao, the lawyers had finished and it was time for the jurors to ask their own questions, allowing this group -- half of them men and half women, who include a painter, physical therapist, prison nurse and teacher's aide -- to pry open slightly more the insular, money-laden and powerful world of venture capital. For more than two hours, Pao responded to questions from the jury, which were read by Judge Harold Kahn: Did you not trust Kleiner Perkins? Did you think senior partners were insensitive? Do you think you are someone who always has to have the last word? When did you come to the conclusion that gender discrimination was a widespread problem and these weren't... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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BBC News - Afghan artist in hiding after 'iron underwear' stunt - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - Afghan artist in hiding after 'iron underwear' stunt
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"An Afghan artist has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats for dressing in a metal suit featuring exaggerated breasts and buttocks. Kubra Khademi wore the unusual armour in a performance on the streets of Kabul to highlight the problems of sexual harassment faced by women. She had hoped to make a walk lasting for 10 minutes but in the event was forced back into her car by an angry mob of men after only eight minutes. The men threw things and even children were shouting at her. She said the men were yelling: "That whore. What is she doing? Is she a foreigner? Who the hell is she?" Kubra Khademi walks in the streets The artist says the performance was inspired by her own experience of abuse as a child Afghan men surround the car of Kubra Khademi She was forced off the streets after just eight minutes Khademi carried out the performance because, she said, Afghan women suffered in silence. And even wearing a burka is no protection. She said those wearing the all-covering... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Men (on the Internet) don’t believe sexism is a problem in science, even when they see evidence - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news...
Men (on the Internet) don’t believe sexism is a problem in science, even when they see evidence - The Washington Post
"As a follow-up to recent studies on sexism and harassment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), researchers studied the Internet's reaction to the evidence those studies provided — and it turned out the way you'd expect, if you've ever been on the Internet. Male commenters flipped out. The new study's results were published Thursday in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. To see how different genders reacted to evidence of bias in science (on the Internet, anyway), the researchers looked at the comment threads of three articles about studies on the issue, and quantified the responses. Several scientific studies have shown that a gender gap exists in science, technology, engineering and math fields, with women losing out all the way up and down the pipeline of academia and industry. In 2012, researchers from Yale published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that indicated unconscious gender biases in hiring processes for women in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Fwd: Only 3 days left for Women in STEM shirt Kickstarter. Hawaiian shirt available ONLY thru this. #shirtstorm https://www.kickstarter.com/project... (via http://friendfeed.com/spidra)
Fwd: Only 3 days left for Women in STEM shirt Kickstarter. Hawaiian shirt available ONLY thru this. #shirtstorm https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1222758308/stem-women-are-all-over-it-thatothershirt (via http://ff.im/1kOnWd)
"With so many people jumping in, I wanted to get everyone involved throughout development. I created a blog to post updates and gather feedback, and through which I asked people to send me the names of notable women in STEM who should be included on the shirt. I ended up with a long list of well over 100 women. I narrowed this list down to a short list of about 50 women, based on factors such as field, nationality, race, era, LGBT, disability, and the availability of a usable photograph. Currently, the short list includes the following women (subject to change):" - Spidra Webster
"Ada Lovelace – Computer Science; Alice Ball – Chemistry; Annie Jump Cannon – Astronomy; Barbara McClintock – Genetics; Caroline Herschel – Astronomy; Chiaki Mukai – Aeronautics; Chien-Shiung Wu – Physics; Dorothy Hodgkin – Biochemistry; Elizebeth Friedman – Cryptography; Ellen Ochoa – Aeronautics; Émilie du Châtelet – Math, Physics; Emmy Noether – Math, Physics; Gertrude B. Elion –... more... - Spidra Webster
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What we’ve won and lost in the ‘War on Women’ - http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-s...
"The so-called “War on Women” has escalating rapidly since 2011. In 2014, for every one step forward, there were another two back, making actually progress difficult to discern. On one hand, we had the Hobby Lobby decision, but on the other, we expanded access to healthcare for transgender women across the country, moving one step closer to equal rights for all women. We saw massive gains and significant firsts for women in politics, but we also saw a parade of anti-abortion legislation, with more ahead in 2015. When it comes to evaluating the state of the war on women, one thing is certain: It’s not over yet, and we should brace for significant turbulence ahead next year. What we lost in 2014 The Hobby Lobby case and workplace discrimination Perhaps one of the most significant and high-profile losses for women this year was the Supreme Court’s notorious Hobby Lobby decision, in which the court affirmed that closely held companies—those owned by a small number of individuals, often a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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http://www.youtube.com/watch... Untold Stories of Women’s Struggles Against Muslim Fundamentalism with Karima Bennoune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfYgyIpAOvI Untold Stories of Women’s Struggles Against Muslim Fundamentalism with Karima Bennoune
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"(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law at UC Davis and author of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here,” gives the keynote talk for the “Defying Extremism” conference focusing on how moderate Muslims, women and their allies can stand up to violent extremism." - Spidra Webster
Interesting talk. She's right the people she mentions don't get coverage in Western press. - Spidra Webster
It's frustrating how often people are just outright ignored because their version of feminism doesn't jibe with how white western women have traditionally seen it. - Jennifer Dittrich
I felt the cause here was probably due to a more general prejudice as to which non-Western European (+US) things the US press is willing to cover at all. They can't ignore what they're not even seeing. - Spidra Webster
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BBC Sport - Kaillie Humphries & Elana Meyers Taylor to make history in Canada - http://www.bbc.com/sport...
BBC Sport - Kaillie Humphries & Elana Meyers Taylor to make history in Canada
"Canadian Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and USA's Elana Meyers Taylor will become the first women to compete in a four-man bobsleigh World Cup event in Calgary, Canada, this weekend. Women were approved to enter the competition for the first time just weeks before the start of the season. Humphries and Meyers Taylor qualified for the World Cup circuit by competing in three different second-tier events. "I'm excited about the opportunity," said Meyers Taylor, 30. The schedule means the pilots - pushed by three male athletes - will have just an hour's rest between the women's two-man event and the four-person bobsleigh competitions. "It's going to be a challenge with two races back to back - but maybe this will just show even more how resilient and tough women bobsledders are," Meyers Taylor said. She and 29-year-old Humphries made history in November by becoming the first women to win four-man international bobsleigh medals in the North America Cup. 2014-15 Bobsleigh World Cup... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women - http://www.stemwomen.net/jonatha...
STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women
STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women
"Last week, STEM Women launched our YouTube Channel. We’ll be hosting a fortnightly Hangout on Air series that is live streamed every second Sunday. Our show will cover four major themes: In the Spotlight: Highlights women’s careers in STEM; STEM Parents: Advice on how to encourage young girls interested in studying STEM subjects; Finding Solutions: Organisations & programs that actively target recruitment, retention & promotion of women; and How Men Can Help: Practical ways that men can support gender inclusion from junior to senior levels. Our first guest was Professor Jonathan Eisen who chatted about how male academics can help better recruit, retain, and include their women colleagues. Jonathan is a molecular biologist at University of California (UC) Davis. He’s also the Academic Editor-in-Chief for PLOS Biology. On his blog and social media, as well as through his professional activities, Jonathan is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM. Below is a summary of our... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions - http://earlywomeninscience.bio...
Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions
Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions
"This exhibit highlights some extraordinary women in science, who began their work prior to 1922. These women were often self-taught, or achieved degrees from prestigious institutions. Not only did they excel at different types of science, but often they were talented illustrators for their scientific fields, as well, and some were even fiction novelists or engaged in other activities. In several instances, these women supported their equally, or more, famous husbands by contributing scientific research and/or illustrations--and were often not credited for their hard work and contributions. There are many examples of how forward-thinking these women often were, urging us to protect forests, pollinating insects, and other species of animals and plants, warning that deforestation, the heavy use of pesticides, and the killing of certain plants and animals would lead to dire circumstances--some of which we face today. These women are trailblazers in their own right, and many of them were... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews - http://www.artnews.com/2014...
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews
ast Saturday, about 600 volunteers in 31 venues around the globe engaged in a collective effort to change the world, one Wikipedia entry at a time. In the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, in nonprofits and art schools, in museums and universities, these people—mostly women—set out to write entries, uncredited and unpaid, for the fast-growing crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. Editors working around the resource table, Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, at Eyebeam in New York City. They had answered a call for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionally written by and about men. The event, whose epicenter was the New York art and technology center Eyebeam, is part of a larger movement, only now reaching the art world, to upload content to Wikipedia in a proactive manner. At a time when Wikipedia is becoming increasingly influential, “it’s... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Story from Feb 2014 - Spidra Webster
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Take Action Now - Amnesty International USA - http://act.amnestyusa.org/ea-acti...
Take Action Now - Amnesty International USA
"María Teresa is serving a 40-year prison sentence for having a miscarriage. Beatriz nearly died because the government refused to let her terminate the pregnancy that was going to kill her. Liliana, who became pregnant after being raped by gang members when she was 13 years old, was forced by her government to give birth. If you are a woman or girl in El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant as a result of rape, whether you’re a child, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to your life: the government demands you give birth. El Salvador’s abortion law results from a systemic denial of the human rights of girls and women, and it is killing them. End the nightmare. Act today!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/busines...
Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago - The Atlantic
"When it comes to buying gifts for children, everything is color-coded: Rigid boundaries segregate brawny blue action figures from pretty pink princesses, and most assume that this is how it’s always been. But in fact, the princess role that’s ubiquitous in girls’ toys today was exceedingly rare prior to the 1990s—and the marketing of toys is more gendered now than even 50 years ago, when gender discrimination and sexism were the norm. In my research on toy advertisements, I found that even when gendered marketing was most pronounced in the 20th century, roughly half of toys were still being advertised in a gender-neutral manner. This is a stark difference from what we see today, as businesses categorize toys in a way that more narrowly forces kids into boxes. For example, a recent study by sociologists Carol Auster and Claire Mansbach found that all toys sold on the Disney Store’s website were explicitly categorized as being “for boys” or “for girls”—there was no “for boys and girls”... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Such toys were clearly designed to prepare young girls to a life of homemaking, and domestic tasks were portrayed as innately enjoyable for women. Ads like this were still common, though less prevalent, into the 1960s—a budding housewife would have felt right at home with the toys to “delight the little homemaker” in the 1965 Sears Wishbook: An ad from the 1965 Sears Wishbook (Sears)... more... - Spidra Webster
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Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor - http://sciblogs.co.nz/icedoct...
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor
"Sexism though is everywhere in science. It’s been a contentious issue for decades and sadly shows no signs of going away anytime soon, because we’re still a long way away from equality. The barriers are multi-faceted and complicated. Women in science face a suite of challenges to their career progression that range from the subtle and covert to the extreme and overt: such as unconscious bias, balancing parenting responsibilities, part-time status and workplace inflexibility, imposter syndrome, administrative pigeonholing, benevolent sexism (higher load of teaching and pastoral care), cognitive dissonance from women in senior positions, harassment, intimidation and bullying. Such discrimination starts even before being hired. However, as I said in my speech the solutions can be simple. That is not to say that they will not take an enormous amount of hard work and persistent head-banging to achieve. It’s quite clear too that the ethos of the last few decades of just waiting until... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
" Twitter has been a great connector in the push for less misogyny, sexism and more diversity and equality in STEM. It feels like there’s a groundswell of momentum, a true mood for change around the globe. This is encouraging. On the flip-side however, social media like Twitter has shown that the push-back can be strong and terrifying, for example, in the #shirtstorm saga. Much hatred... more... - Spidra Webster
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Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor - http://sciblogs.co.nz/icedoct...
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor
"Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an unknown, which may or may not include academia, may or may not include science. To say the buildup to this day has been difficult is an understatement. To read more about the prelude to this post read Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? and Impotency problems. At my farewell do, I gave a largely off the cuff speech. It went along these lines:" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"“Where-ever I work I try and instill positive change, and I aim to leave a legacy in each place that I’ve worked. Here, over the last six and a half years, I’ve worked hard on innovating and putting in place positive change in a number of areas, some of which others have referenced in their speeches today (for example, innovative teaching practice including students creating YouTube... more... - Spidra Webster
"It’s well known that women in academia and especially women in the sciences face enormous hurdles and challenges in their careers. This is not unique to Lincoln; rather, diversity and equality are a longstanding internationally observed widespread problem in the sciences. It’s been much written about, researched, and published in journal articles. It’s been yelled about and discussed... more... - Spidra Webster
"Much of this amplification effect is due to numbers. It’s my understanding that we have extremely low rates of women academics here, and the lowest percentages of women academics in our Faculty of Science in the country. When I and others leave, we’re left with approximately 12% women academics and more to go next year. In this department, just a single female academic (5%) close to retirement age remains. There are few of my female colleagues remaining." - Spidra Webster
"Perhaps, because I am standing here today and in this situation, I have failed in my mission, which is why I’m raising it. If I want a move towards equality to be my legacy, then I need your help in carrying on what I have started. Some other countries are doing so much better in their goal towards equality in the sciences. The UK and Australia* are particularly active in this regard... more... - Spidra Webster
"You may be angry with what I am saying, you may be frustrated, or you simply may not understand. Especially if it’s the latter, at some point down the track ask a colleague who you think may know more than you: “Hey, what was all that stuff about women in science about?”. That’s the starting point for change, the start of a conversation. That’s where it all begins. Ask the few... more... - Spidra Webster
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"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/project...
"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter
"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter
"You might recognize this as Dr. Matt Taylor, the Project Scientist on the Rosetta mission to put the Philae lander on a comet. This is an astounding scientific achievement! But the celebration of this achievement was diminished by Dr. Taylor's unfortunate choice of wardrobe, which featured illustrations of scantily clad women holding weapons. For many, this was a tough reminder that STEM fields have historically not been welcoming environments for women who want to be judged solely on their abilities. Through my image, I wanted to make the point that you can celebrate women you admire through your apparel--but in the context of a great scientific achievement, how about celebrating women who have made great achievements of their own?  My image started out as simple commentary, but suddenly it gained international attention. It was retweeted thousands and thousands of times, and Twitter Analytics estimates it has been seen almost 300,000 times on Twitter alone.  The idea clearly struck a chord--but then people began asking for this "other" shirt to become a reality." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"People were really excited at the prospect of buying what would come to be known as #ThatOtherShirt, and it got ME excited! I started looking into what it would take to make it really happen. Who could print the shirt? Who should be on it? How would we pay for it? The more research I did, the more I was sure we could make this happen. " - Spidra Webster
"More than making it happen, I wanted to make it count. This is more than a shirt; it's a message. It's a cause. I decided very early that this would be a completely non-profit endeavor to make something positive come out of a contentious situation." - Spidra Webster
"With so many people jumping in, I wanted to get everyone involved throughout development. I created a blog to post updates and gather feedback, and through which I asked people to send me the names of notable women in STEM who should be included on the shirt. I ended up with a long list of well over 100 women. I narrowed this list down to a short list of about 50 women, based on... more... - Spidra Webster
"Ada Lovelace – Computer Science; Alice Ball – Chemistry; Annie Jump Cannon – Astronomy; Barbara McClintock – Genetics; Caroline Herschel – Astronomy; Chiaki Mukai – Aeronautics; Chien-Shiung Wu – Physics; Christiane Nusslein-Volhard – Genetics; Dorothy Hodgkin – Biochemistry; Elizebeth Friedman – Cryptography; Ellen Ochoa – Aeronautics; Émilie du Châtelet – Math, Physics; Emmy Noether... more... - Spidra Webster
I remember that tweet and thinking how cool a shirt like that would be but it also immediately occurred to me that if you were to do it right, not just do it, you'd need to clear the photos and likenesses. I doubt that's happening. - Spidra Webster
"With help from some enthusiastic volunteers, as well as a good deal of legwork on my own, I sourced Creative Commons or Public Domain images for as many women as I could find. We got in touch with organizations such as the American Institute of Physics and the Smithsonian to provide hard-to-find images. I also reached out to several women directly asking if they'd donate their... more... - Spidra Webster
"You'll see "blank faces" on these mockups, because one of the really cool rewards we're offering at the $500 donation level is that you can choose to add a notable woman in STEM who didn't make it onto the short list. The requirements for the person you choose are as follows: She must be a "notable" woman in STEM. Check out these notability guidelines as a starting point. A usable... more... - Spidra Webster
I encourage you to check out the link. This is pretty cool and I hope they pull it off. - Spidra Webster
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Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in STEM | The Paley Center for Media - http://www.paleycenter.org/2014-cr...
Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in STEM | The Paley Center for Media
"Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Monday, December 8, 2014 6:00 pm ET New York In Person Elizabeth Henstridge, "Jemma Simmons," Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Carrie Kemper, Writer, Silicon Valley Aisha Tyler, Actress, Archer, Whose Line Is It Anyway? David Bushman, Television Curator, The Paley Center for Media Moderator: Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code Watch this panel live streamed at 6:05 pm ET/3:05 pm PT. “It’s our lab, Fitz, not your lab” —Jemma Simmons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “I work with computers!” —Chloe O’Brian, 24 What role can entertainment programming play in galvanizing girls and women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields? Women hold under twenty-five percent of our country’s STEM jobs, and while education, recruitment, mentoring, and other support networks all have crucial roles to play in offsetting this imbalance, evidence suggests that... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Publisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaint | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Publisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaint | Books | The Guardian
"A school girl in California has managed to convince a publisher that it isn’t only boys who are interested in insects. Parker Dains, seven, from Milpitas in California, wrote to Abdo Publishing after she discovered that the Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs that she was reading was part of a series called the Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys. She told her local paper the Milpitas Post: “It made me very unhappy. I was like, ‘What the?’ I said, ‘Dad we have to do something quickly.’” So she wrote to Abdo, telling the publisher that “I really enjoyed the section on Glow in the Dark bugs and the quizzes at the end”, but that “when I saw the back cover title, it said ‘Biggest Baddest Books for Boys’ and it made me very unhappy. It made me very sad because there’s no such thing as a boy book. You should change from ‘Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys’ into ‘Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys and Girls’ because some girls would like to be entomologists too.” According to the local paper, the publisher... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Jane Colden (March 27, 1724 – March 10, 1766) was an American botanist,[2]:53-4 described as the "first botanist of her sex in her country" by Asa Gray in 1843. Although not acknowledged in botanical publications, she wrote a number of letters resulting in botanist John Ellis writing to Carl Linnaeus of her work applying the Linnaean system of plant identification to American flora, "she deserves to be celebrated".[2]:54 Contemporary scholarship maintains that she was the first female botanist working in America. She was regarded as a respected botanist by many prominent botanists such as: John Bartram, Peter Collinson, Alexander Garden, and Carolus Linnaeus. Colden is most famous for her manuscript which remains titleless, in which she describes the flora of the New York area, and draws ink drawings of 340 different species of them." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? - NYTimes.com
"Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women. The numbers of black and Hispanic scientists are even lower; in a typical... more... - Spidra Webster
"As one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale — I graduated in 1978 — this question concerns me deeply. I attended a rural public school whose few accelerated courses in physics and calculus I wasn’t allowed to take because, as my principal put it, “girls never go on in science and math.” Angry and bored, I began reading about space and time... more... - Spidra Webster
"In the end, I graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in the major, having excelled in the department’s three-term sequence in quantum mechanics and a graduate course in gravitational physics, all while teaching myself to program Yale’s mainframe computer. But I didn’t go into physics as a career. At the end of four years, I was exhausted by all the lonely hours I spent... more... - Spidra Webster
" Mostly, though, I didn’t go on in physics because not a single professor — not even the adviser who supervised my senior thesis — encouraged me to go to graduate school. Certain this meant I wasn’t talented enough to succeed in physics, I left the rough draft of my senior thesis outside my adviser’s door and slunk away in shame. Pained by the dream I had failed to achieve, I locked my textbooks, lab reports and problem sets in my father’s army footlocker and turned my back on physics and math forever. " - Spidra Webster
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"How adorable is this portrait of Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist who discovered radio pulsars? Burnell's advisor, Antony Hewish, received the Nobel Prize for the discovery, even though she was the 1st to observe & analyse the pulsars." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Women in STEM campaign aims to bridge gender gap | News | Times Higher Education - http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news...
Women in STEM campaign aims to bridge gender gap | News | Times Higher Education
"The government has launched a campaign to attract more women into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Balanced scales The Your Life campaign, launched by Chancellor George Osborne at the Science Museum on May 7, aims to contribute to the government’s aspiration to double the number of female engineering and technology undergraduates by 2030. Participating organisations – which include many technology firms, as well as a handful of universities and funders, have all set out what they will do to further the campaign. For instance, the University of Sheffield has pledged to run a conference to educate teachers about engineering, review degree titles to make them more appealing to female students and address unconscious bias in the recruitment of female staff. The campaign also figures prominently in the government’s response to a report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee on women in science. That report, published in February, criticises “biases and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality - News stories - GOV.UK - https://www.gov.uk/governm...
Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality - News stories - GOV.UK
"New survey launched to collect views on improving the lives of women and girls in the UK. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - a framework of commitments to advance women’s rights made in 1995 - the Government Equalities Office wants to hear from you on what progress you think is being made by business and the government to improve the lives of women and girls in the UK. In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, 189 governments including the UK pledged their commitment to improve the lives of women and girls by signing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In June 2014 the government published a progress report on the delivery of the declaration. Today (23 October 2014) the Government Equalities Office has launched a public survey to seek your views on: what progress has been made to improve the lives of women and girls in the UK since 2010 what future priorities for women and girls the government should... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally | The Nation - http://m.thenation.com/blog...
FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally | The Nation
"At some point in the near future, a Canadian tribunal will determine whether or not the 2015 Women's World Cup will be the setting not only of guts, goals and glory but torn ligaments, stretched hamstrings and a profound level of disrespect. A group of the top players in the world, including US stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, are suing soccer's international ruling body, FIFA as well as the Canadian Soccer Association, over their insistence that the Cup be played on artificial turf. German great Nadine Angerer, and Brazil's international icon Marta are also supporting the suit. This is nothing more than an issue of sexism and, in the words of US midfielder Megan Rapinhoe, a "frustrating" level of "gender discrimination." They have received support from across social media, including words of solidarity from US men's soccer goalie Tim Howard. I support protecting the players & the game. I stand with the #USWNT players in their quest for a #WWC played on grass #EqualPlayingField —... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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