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Spidra Webster
Was Bra-ced For A Different Reaction » Not Always Learning - http://notalwayslearning.com/was-bra...
"(I’m an A&E nurse. We’re not allowed our phones on us; they’re to be kept in our lockers. A call comes into hospital reception on a private line for me.) Phone: “This is [Teacher] from [School]. There’s been an incident involving [Daughter]. We need you to come in.” Me: “Is she ill or injured? Can it wait until my shift is over in two hours?” Phone: “[Daughter] has struck another pupil. We’ve been trying to call you for 45 minutes. It really is very serious.” (I go to the school and am ushered into the head’s office. I see my daughter, her head of year, a male teacher, the headmaster, a boy with blood around his nose and a red face, and his parents.) Head: “Mrs. [My Name], how kind of you to FINALLY join us!” Me: “Yeah, things get busy in A&E. I’ve spent the last hour administering over 40 stitches to a seven-year-old who was beaten by his mother with a metal ladle and then I had to deal with the police regarding the matter. Sorry for the inconvenience.” (After watching him try to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2015...
Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | WIRED
Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | WIRED
"Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way, the WIRED headline began. Sure, I’ll go with that. It continued, Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It? And there it is: the idea that skate culture could energize a languid tech world. Is skateboarding the EpiPen the Valley needs? No. Please no. Not now. The last time skateboarding was a healthy model, the Macintosh did not exist. Skateboarding was my life. And in 1983 skate culture drove a stake through my heart. Practicing a nose wheelie for a Freestyle competition. The author practicing a nose wheelie for a freestyle competition. courtesy Kathy Sierra Skateboarding can teach Silicon Valley what not to do, like a message from the future warning, “Here’s what happens when a domain in which women once thrived decides women aren’t worthy.” Yes, it’s complicated and yes, the sport became more extreme, but there’s a world of difference between a sport that says, There aren’t many women and one that adds … we made sure. In the ’80s, skate... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
BBC News - Turkey rallies over murder of woman who 'resisted rape' - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - Turkey rallies over murder of woman who 'resisted rape'
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"Thousands of women in Turkey have protested at the murder of a young woman who allegedly resisted an attempt by a bus driver to rape her. Police discovered the burnt body of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, in a riverbed in the city of Mersin, on Friday. They have arrested three men in connection with her death - a minibus driver, his father and a friend. The Turkish president and prime minister called Ms Aslan's family to offer their condolences. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised the family to hunt those responsible for the crime and punish them. Ms Aslan, a psychology student, was kidnapped on Wednesday on her way home. The driver allegedly tried to rape her. She reportedly fought him off with pepper spray, but was then stabbed to death. She was also hit on the head with an iron pipe. The brutality of the murder caused an outcry across Turkey. Thousands of women staged protests in several cities on Saturday, including Ankara, Istanbul, and Mersin - Ms Aslan's hometown in southern Turkey.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
5 Insane Things Comic Books Believe Women's Bodies Can Do | Cracked.com - http://www.cracked.com/article...
5 Insane Things Comic Books Believe Women's Bodies Can Do | Cracked.com
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"Popular culture has had issues with women for, oh, several thousand years or more. So, we're not exactly blowing everyone's minds by pointing out that even to this day, women tend to get depicted as trophies or sex toys for the (male) hero. But, comics really do inhabit their own category here -- if not in the storylines, then just in the frankly ludicrous way females are drawn. It's not only a matter of relying on unrealistic body standards, but doing it to a degree that we're not sure these characters could even survive. We're talking about things like ... #5. Breasts as Alien Organisms DC Comics We don't want to perpetuate the hateful stereotype that everyone who enjoys or works with comics is a virgin. But, maybe it would help if boobs weren't constantly drawn as if the artist had never actually seen one (or, you know, two). Those who have usually don't think of them as perfect spheres loosely attached to a woman's collarbone ... Marvel Comics "They protect the clavicle during... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Is the Professor Bossy or Brilliant? Much Depends on Gender - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Is the Professor Bossy or Brilliant? Much Depends on Gender - NYTimes.com
"Male professors are brilliant, awesome and knowledgeable. Women are bossy and annoying, and beautiful or ugly. These are a few of the results from a new interactive chart that was gaining notice on social media Friday. Benjamin Schmidt, a Northeastern University history professor, says he built the chart using data from 14 million student reviews on the Rate My Professors site. It allows you to search for any word to see how often it appeared in reviews and how it broke down by gender and department. The chart makes vivid unconscious biases. The implications go well beyond professors and college students, to anyone who gives or receives feedback or performance reviews. It suggests that people tend to think more highly of men than women in professional settings, praise men for the same things they criticize women for, and are more likely to focus on a woman’s appearance or personality and on a man’s skills and intelligence. “When we use these reviews and evaluations to assess people,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Not a surprise, but it was an interesting data set to look at. It's a pity that the gender of the people rating the profs isn't known. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Spidra Webster
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Women Doing ‘Office Housework’ - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Women Doing ‘Office Housework’ - NYTimes.com
"LATE one Friday afternoon at a leading consulting firm, a last-minute request came in from a client. A female manager was the first to volunteer her time. She had already spent the entire day meeting with junior colleagues who were seeking career advice, even though they weren’t on her team. Earlier in the week, she had trained several new hires, helped a colleague improve a presentation and agreed to plan the office holiday party. When it came time for her review for partner, her clear track record as a team player combined with her excellent performance should have made her a shoo-in. Instead, her promotion was delayed for six months, and then a year. Continue reading the main story Related in Opinion Women at Work: Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg on Discrimination at WorkDEC. 6, 2014 Women at Work: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Why Women Stay Quiet at WorkJAN. 12, 2015 This is the sad reality in workplaces around the world: Women help more but benefit less from it. In keeping... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Alison McQuade on Twitter: "Woman anchor asks Rand Paul serious question. Rand Paul: "Shhh" and "Calm down." http://t.co/Q1cBjJGKjG http://t.co/PxIwr2z5Rx" - https://twitter.com/akmcqua...
Alison McQuade on Twitter: "Woman anchor asks Rand Paul serious question. Rand Paul: "Shhh" and "Calm down." http://t.co/Q1cBjJGKjG http://t.co/PxIwr2z5Rx"
"Woman anchor asks Rand Paul serious question. Rand Paul: "Shhh" and "Calm down." http://video.cnbc.com/gallery..." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Take Two | Anti-domestic abuse ad to air during Super Bowl Sunday | 89.3 KPCC - http://www.scpr.org/program...
Take Two | Anti-domestic abuse ad to air during Super Bowl Sunday | 89.3 KPCC
"The NFL has come under fire lately for not taking the issue of domestic abuse among its players seriously. Now the league says it wants to buck that perception so they're donating some of their airtime this Superbowl Sunday to an anti-domestic violence public service announcement. One of the ads airing this Sunday comes from the No More, a public awareness campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Ultraviolet, a women's advocacy group, has also put out an online campaign about domestic abuse and football. This one not so subtle Rama Yelkur, Dean of the College of Business and Management at Saginaw State University in Michigan, said this is a good time for the NFL to make good on past incidents the audience didn't agree with." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March | Mediaite - http://www.mediaite.com/online...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March | Mediaite
"Yesterday’s historic march across Paris included over 40 world leaders expressing solidarity for France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre., but if you read this Haredi newspaper, you’d believe that none of them were women. The image that ran on the front page of the Israeli newspaper edited two female world leaders out of the image, originally provided by wire service GPO: Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A third woman in a blue scarf who we can’t identify was also cut out. The original photo is below: And here’s the paper’s version of it, screencapped by Walla.com. Merkel and Mystery Woman are gone completely, while Thorning-Schmidt was simply cropped out of the photo: We have seen quite a few shops in our time, but this photo manipulation is pretty sloppy, if you know what to look for. Here are five clear giveaways: 1: Discoloration of man’s face 2: World leader wearing a leather glove on one hand and no glove on the other hand 3:... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
How is that journalism? - Stephan from iPhone
How 1984 of them. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
A response with the men removed instead: https://twitter.com/Whisper... - John (bird whisperer)
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
Dalhousie students condemn restorative justice in Facebook scandal - Nova Scotia - CBC News - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
Dalhousie students condemn restorative justice in Facebook scandal - Nova Scotia - CBC News
"A group of fourth-year female students from Dalhousie University's faculty of dentistry have written an open letter to the president of the school, saying they feel pressured to accept the restorative justice process to resolve the Facebook scandal that has rocked the school. In a two-page letter addressed to Richard Florizone and disclosed to CBC News on Tuesday, the four unnamed students say they are not willing to accept the university's response to the Facebook page called the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen. The page was created by some male students in the fourth-year dentistry class and contained misogynistic and sexually explicit posts, including a poll about having "hate" sex with female students and comments about drugging women." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"The women say in their letter that they "do not wish for the sexual harassment and discrimination perpetrated by members of our class to be dealt with through this restorative justice process." "The university is pressuring us into this process, silencing our views, isolating us from our peers, and discouraging us from choosing to proceed formally," says the letter. "This has... more... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Geena Davis to Launch Film Festival Dedicated to Diversity - http://jezebel.com/geena-d...
Geena Davis to Launch Film Festival Dedicated to Diversity
"Geena Davis is launching a film festival dedicated to highlighting diversity in film and securing distribution for the winning films. The Bentonville Film Festival will take place in Bentonville, Alabama from May 5-9 and will screen an estimated 75 films. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the festival—aside from the fact that it's in Arkansas—is that it is supposedly the only film competition to guarantee theatrical, TV, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for prizewinners. Via Variety: "The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is dedicated to improving the representation in gender and diversity of talent, filmmakers, and business leaders by growing awareness through research, education and advocacy," she said. "The Bentonville Film Festival is a critical component of how we can directly impact the quantity and quality of females and minorities on screen and behind-the scenes." The winners of the Audience, Jury Selection and Best Family Film awards will receive a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Russell Crowe has some thoughts about actresses over 40 · Newswire · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
Russell Crowe has some thoughts about actresses over 40 · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Viola Davis, Julie Walters, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ellen Page have all spoken out about the lack of female roles in Hollywood and their personal experiences with sexism in the industry, but what matters is that Russell Crowe isn’t buying it. In a new interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Crowe—who perhaps doesn’t understand the intended audience of a women’s magazine—had this to say about the challenges of being a woman in Hollywood: “The best thing about the industry I’m in–movies–is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life. To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old. Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Editing Wikipedia, one African-American artist at a time | The Frame | 89.3 KPCC - http://www.scpr.org/program...
Editing Wikipedia, one African-American artist at a time | The Frame | 89.3 KPCC
"On a recent Sunday morning, a group of about a dozen people convened at the California African American Museum in L.A.'s Exposition Park. They didn't come to passively stroll through the exhibits though. They sat at tables, typing away on laptops, with printouts strewn around them. Sharon Kyle was trying to find information on a prominent African-American doll maker named Glenda Hooker, but Kyle noticed something. "I did a Google image search using the keywords: Glenda, Hooker, Dolls... None of it's coming up on Wikipedia," Kyle said. "And I know that she did this work for 30 years in the Los Angeles area." Kyle and the other volunteers took part in what's called a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, organized by local Wikipedia master Stacey Allan. The seventh in a series of events that Allan calls Unforgetting L.A., the event at the museum provided participants with step-by-step instructions on how to get started editing Wikipedia. Denise McIver, the museum's research librarian, assisted with... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Advertiser.ie - Ten things an Irish woman could not do in 1970 (and be prepared to cringe...) - http://www.advertiser.ie/galway...
Advertiser.ie - Ten things an Irish woman could not do in 1970 (and be prepared to cringe...)
"Fintan O’Toole, journalist and commentator, compiled 10 things that women could not do in 1970 for the Irish Times: 1 Keep her job in the public service or a bank when she got married Female civil servants and other public servants (primary teachers from 1958 were excluded from the so-called "marriage bar" ) had to resign from their jobs when they got married, on the grounds that they were occupying a job that should go to a man. Banks operated a similar policy. How it changed The marriage bar in the public service was removed in July 1973, on foot of the report of the first Commission on the Status of Women. In 1977, the Employment Equality Act prohibited discrimination on the grounds of gender or marital status in almost all areas of employment. 2 Sit on a jury Under the 1927 Juries Act, members of juries had to be property owners and, in effect, male. How it changed Mairín de Burca and Mary Anderson challenged the Act and won their case in the Supreme Court in 1976. The old Act... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I cringed. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Lest people think it was only Ireland that was this way in the '70s, rest assured the US and other countries had some really backwards shit going on as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Spidra Webster
I've read stuff (novels mostly) that mentioned some of these, but to see it all together, and with the dates of the changes...wow. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Anti-feminist women blow my mind. People who claim it's already equal? Yeah, right. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
It's Time To Arrest Ultra-Orthodox Jews Who Delay Flights Over Seating | The Daily Banter - http://thedailybanter.com/2014...
It's Time To Arrest Ultra-Orthodox Jews Who Delay Flights Over Seating | The Daily Banter
"Yet again, the takeoff of a flight from New York to Israel was delayed because haredi (ultra-Orthodox) male Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women because their faith forbids it. The Dec. 20 El Al flight’s takeoff was delayed for 30 minutes when haredi men balked at sitting between two women, and other passengers refused to accommodate them in protest until one passenger finally relented. In October, a Delta flight was delayed after haredim refused to sit with members of the opposite sex, resulting in the plane arriving an hour late. In September, a group of haredim turned another El Al flight into a nightmare when they stood in the aisles rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex: It seems that after takeoff a large portion of the haredi travelers took to the aisle to pray which, according to their fellow travelers, crowded the aisle and caused the flight to be unbearable. “I went to the bathroom and it was a mission impossible, the noise was endless,” [a passenger... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
An op-ed piece bound to upset folks but seriously....do you think if people from other religions/other ethnicities had insisted that they couldn't sit next to a woman that it'd be dealt with the same way? - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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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