“Collection Showcases Extraordinary Evolution of Ordinary Women…” [#geekgirl]
[Via “Bum pads, cockade feather fans, petticoats, talcum powder tins, postcards depicting the “10 Commandments for Wives,” and garters made by prisoners. The breadth of the Dovie Horvitz Collection reflects the lives and progress of women over the last two centuries – exactly what the collection’s namesake intended.
“Everything from the artwork, to the post cards, to the clothes, even the makeup all tells a story,” Horvitz said. “I look back now and think of how extraordinary the transformation has been. This isn’t about showcasing celebrities. It’s about the day-to-day lives of ordinary women.”
Now, more than 1,300 images and scanned texts of items in Horvitz’s are available through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections site. While the collection is new to the site, it actually is decades in the making.”
Where Did All the Women Coders Go? [#geekgirl]
But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.
But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.”
“Celebrate women in STEM with Ada Lovelace Day, October 14th, 2014…” [#geekgirl]
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Tuesday, October 14th, 9:00am-1:30pm, Research Commons, 7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby
Drop in and join us!
SFU Library’s Research Commons is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Ada Lovelace Day. Join our interdisciplinary crew of amateur editors as we create, expand, and improve Wikipedia entries for some of SFU’s female researchers.
No experience with wiki editing is necessary, but a Wikipedia editing workshop will take place on October 6th, if you wish to prepare. Join us for all or part of this fun, friendly, and informal event, fueled by coffee and camaraderie.
Talk by Dr. Jennifer Gardy: “Leaky pipelines and push-up bras: Women in STEM and science media”
***SPACE LIMITED RSVP REQUIRED***
Name five well-known scientists. Now name five famous TV scientists. And now, count how of many of those are women… As a scientist and a science communicator, I’ve explored the role of women in STEM from multiple perspectives and, while things are certainly improving, there’s still far to go. In this talk, I’ll cover some of my own observations about women in science and science media, and we’ll examine some practical and easy actions we can all take to help promote the visibility of women in STEM.”
— sdma49 (@sdma49) August 27, 2014
1st Woman to Win the Nobel Maths Prize [#geekgirl]
Show Your Pits [#geekgirl]
“50 Essential Feminist Films…” [#geekgirl]
Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking [#geekgirl]
Journal of Peer Production (JoPP)
Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking
Editors: Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin
There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to
practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off
as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical
fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of
liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political
analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work,
among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have
been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored
in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that
have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain
understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos
Computer Club (CCC).
With this special issue of the Journal of Peer Production, we hope to
delve more deeply into these critiques to imagine new forms of feminist
technical praxis that redefine these practices and/or open up new ones.
How can we problematize hacking, tinkering, geeking and making through
feminist theories and epistemologies? How do these practices, in fact,
change when we begin to consider them through a feminist prism? Can we
envision new horizons of practice and possibility through a feminist
In this call, we understand feminist perspectives to be pluralistic,
including intersectional, trans, genderqueer, and race-sensitive
viewpoints that are committed to the central principles of
feminism–agency, fulfillment, empowerment, diversity, and social
justice. We refer to the term hacking with a full understanding of its
histories and limitations. That said, we use it provisionally to
provoke, stimulate, and reimagine new possibilities for technical
feminist practice. Hacking, as a form of subjectivity and a mode of
techno-political engagement, has recently emerged as a site of intense
debate, being equally lauded as a political ethos of freedom and
slandered as an elitist form of expertise. These fervid economic and
political ideals have been challenged and at times come under attack
because they not only displace women and genderqueer within these
technological communities but, more importantly, because they displace
gendered forms of reflection and engagement.
Drawing on a growing community of feminist scholarship and practices, we
hope to build on this momentum to invite submissions that
reconceptualize the relationship between feminism and hacking. We aim to
highlight feminist hackers, makers and geeks not only as new communities
of experts, but as new modes of engagement and novel theoretical
developments. In turn, with this special issue, we hope to challenge
both concepts of feminism and hacking to ask several questions. How can
feminist approaches to hacking open up new possibilities for
technopolitics? Historically, hacking discourses center on political and
labor aesthetics of creation, disruption, and transgression. How can
feminist theories of political economy push technopolitical imaginaries
towards alternate ideals of reproduction, care, and maintenance?
Conversely, we also ask how notions of hacking can open up new
possibilities for feminist epistemologies and modes of engagement?
We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the
following themes and beyond. We are also interested in portraits,
understood broadly, of feminist hackers, makers and geeks that help us
better understand feminist hacker, maker and geek culture. We also
solicit experimental formats such as photo essays or other media that
address the special issue themes.
• What is distinctive about feminist hacking or hackers? How
does feminist hacking practices help create a distinct feminist hacking
• Why are feminist hacking practices emerging? Which
constellation of factors help the emergence of such practices?
• What do we know about the feminist hacker spectrum? i.e. what
are the differences among feminist hacking practices and how can we make
sense of these distinctions?
• What tensions in hacking and/or in hacker practices and
culture(s) come to the fore when feminist, anti-patriarchal,
anti-racist, anti-capitalist and/or anti-oppression perspectives are taken?
• What does feminist hacker ethic(s) entail?
• What kind of social imaginaries are emerging with feminist
hacking and hackers?
• What kinds of hacking are taking place beyond the Euro-American
Submission abstracts of 300-500 words due by September 8, 2014, and
should be sent to email@example.com.
All peer reviewed papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer
Production guidelines; see http://peerproduction.net/
Full papers and materials (peer reviewed papers around 8,000 words and
testimonies, self-portraits and experimental formats up to 4,000 words)
are due by January 31st, 2015 for review.
“Always #LikeAGirl …” [#geekgirl]
“Humans of New York” [#geekgirl]