Australia’s first all-female hackathons to launch in Sydney and Melbourne [#geekgirl]
[From an article at StartUpSmart] “Sydney and Melbourne are readying to host Australia’s first female-only hack-days as women’s coder groups combine forces to boost the number of female tech start-up founders.
The She-Hacks events will be run in the Google Australia offices in Sydney and at Melbourne co-working space Inspire9 in late March.
The events will bring together coders, project managers and designers who will form teams of around five to develop apps around a ‘communities and neighbourhood’ theme.
The She-Hacks events are co-ordinated by the local chapters of international networking group Girl Geek Dinners.
According to co-ordinator Tammy Butow, the Melbourne chapter has grown from 300 to 800 members in 18 months.”
“These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World” [#geekgirl]
[From this Business Insider article] “It’s no secret that there are far fewer women technologists working in the industry than men.
When it comes to computer-related jobs, men outnumber women at a rate of about 4 to 1.
And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that’s up from 2007, when only 2 out of every 100 were women (about 2%).
The lack of women gives the tech industry, and particularly the open-source portion of it, a distinctly sexist feel.
Despite these sad statistics, it is absolutely possible for a woman in the field to go far and have a fabulous career. So we asked the Linux Foundation, the granddaddy of all open-source projects, to give us a list of stand-out women doing fabulous work.
Linux is an operating system software (a competitor to Microsoft Windows) that is quietly running the world. It is the foundation of the Android operating system. It’s the software behind a lot of consumer tech, from televisions to washing machines. It is used in nearly every corporate data center and on most supercomputers. It powers everything from banks to nuclear submarines.
So, here’s our list of women with awesome careers working on Linux, the tech that’s quietly running the world.”
Joss Whedon’s “Equality Now” Speech [#geekgirl]
Woman Vs Machine [#geekgirl]
Source: Best Computer Science Schools
The Royal Society Women in Science Edit-a-thon [#geekgirl]
[Via HASTAC] “The Royal Society Women in Science Edit-a-thon: Friday, October 11, 2013 – 11:00am – Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 2:00am.
- Date: Friday 11 October 2013; in two parts – editathon runs 13.15-18.00; panel 18.30-20.30.
- Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG
- Book: HERE - there are 15 places for the editathon, and 100 for the panel discussion
- Cost: Free
- Twitter hashtag: #WISWIKI
- Resources to edit: see below
- Participants: The editing session is for Wikipedia newcomers to learn how to edit or anyone wanting to contribute. Female editors particularly encouraged to attend. Panel open to anyone interested in Women in Science topic.
We welcome participants to communicate with us online:
- Twitter hashtag: #WomenSciWP
- @wikimediauk, @royalsociety
- IRC: #wikimedia-uk
- We have been granted a free open online access to the Royal Society’s biographical memoirs and all of the journals for 24 hours on 11th October (midnight to midnight BST) available to anyone at all. (Terms and conditions will still apply, in particular section 6 on prohibited use).
- MRC has created a guide of how to search for biographical information for this series of events see https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Icons-mini-file_acro…); padding-right: 18px; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;”>here.
- Useful resources for editing articles about the Royal Society Fellows are here.
- A general useful resource is the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University.”
“Grace Murray Hopper records the first computer bug in her log book…” [#geekgirl]
100 Great Sci-Fi Stories by Women Writers (Read 20 for Free Online) [#geekgirl]
Via Open Culture: ‘…there is a discussion about gender parity in the science fiction world taking place now on the blog of sci-fi critic and writer Ian Sales. Sales curates SF Mistressworks—a blog for women sci-fi writers—and after reviewing a 1975 anthology called Women of Wonder, he asked readers over at his blog to submit their favorite short fiction by women writers. His goal? To collect 100 stories and novellas as a counter to the classic, and almost wholly male-dominated collection, 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories, edited by Isaac Asimov. You can read the full list of 100 over at Sales’ blog. Below, we’ve excerpted those stories that are freely available online. If you’re a science fiction fan and find yourself unable to name more than one or two female authors in the genre (everyone knows, for example, the fabulous Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood, pictured above), you might want to take a look at some of the great work you’ve missed out on.
Sales’ list spans several decades and, as he writes, demonstrates “a good spread of styles and themes and approaches across the genre.”’
Nothing to Prove – Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks [#geekgirl]
“Don’t tell my daughters that Legos, Robots and Superheros are for boys…”. Indeed.
“State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is filibustering controversial legislation that would dramatically restrict access to abortions in Texas. Abortion opponents argue the measure would improve women’s safety, while reproductive rights advocates argue it would effectively cut off legal access to abortion in the state and endanger women’s health. For additional coverage on this topic, visit http://www.texastribune.org/.” #StandWithWendy
#ShockHorror! Women Scientists Who Have Been Screwed by The #Phallocentric System [#geekgirl]
“In April, National Geographic News published a story about the letter in which scientist Francis Crick described DNA to his 12-year-old son. In 1962, Crick was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, along with fellow scientists James Watson and Maurice Wilkins.
Several people posted comments about our story that noted one name was missing from the Nobel roster: Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who also studied DNA. Her data were critical to Crick and Watson’s work, but as several commenters noted, Franklin was robbed of recognition. (See her section below for details.)
She was not the first woman to have endured indignities in the male-dominated world of science, but Franklin’s case is especially egregious, said Ruth Lewin Sime, a retired chemistry professor at Sacramento City College who has written on women in science.” – From 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism