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  • Where Did All the Women Coders Go? [#geekgirl]

    [From the npr podcast]

    [From the npr podcast]

    [From this npr podcast] “Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men.

    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.”

  • “The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-fi History” [#geekgirl]

    [Image Via]

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    [Via this article at] “…sci-fi history actually has featured ahead-of-its-time, female-identifying authors and creators who have challenged conventional notions of race, gender, and sexuality head-on for centuries. Their contributions are so essential (some are by far the most out-there in the canon) that without them, the genre could not possibly have grown into the blockbuster behemoth it is today.”

  • “Celebrate women in STEM with Ada Lovelace Day, October 14th, 2014…” [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: Simon Fraser Uni Library]

    [Image Credit: Simon Fraser Uni Library]

    What’s happening at SFU?

    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”


    Tuesday, October 14th, 2:00pm-3:00pm, IRMACS Theatre, Room 10905, Applied Sciences Building, SFU Burnaby

    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.”

  • Sexist Contest by #OnePlus Pulled [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: The Verge]

    [Image Credit: The Verge]

    [From this article at The Verge] ‘If you’re having trouble imagining why OnePlus might have just a few female fans, there’s a good chance that it’s related to the wholly off-putting, condescending, and inconsiderate attitudes that this contest demonstrates. The entire contest looks like guys from the depths of the internet finally found some amount of social currency and are using it to coax women into putting on a show for them, or somehow mixing that with a strange form of advertising. OnePlus is hardly the only member of the tech industry that’s making a lack of respect for women so pervasive, but this is a truly blatant, bad, and public example of it.

    OnePlus has received a few submissions so far, but it’s received about as many fake submissions from guys Photoshopping OnePlus logos onto womens’ bodies as it has actual submissions. Other comments are men leering over the womens’ photos, while others just note that there aren’t actually that many women on the forums. A few of the photos have been women standing up against the contest though, with one woman flipping OnePlus off and another woman holding up a sign that reads “This contest is sexist and insulting. Way to inflict self-esteem issues, we don’t have enough of those in our society.”‘

  • “Boys React to Girls Playing Dungeons and Dragons…” [#geekgirl]

  • #WomensEqualityDay [#geekgirl]

  • 1st Woman to Win the Nobel Maths Prize [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: A Mighty Girl]

    [Image Credit: A Mighty Girl]

  • “50 Essential Feminist Films…” [#geekgirl]

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    [From an article at Flavorwire]“It’s no secret that the numbers surrounding women in cinema are dismal. The Playlist recently reported that only 74 of the 271 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences this year were women. We also know that for every 15 or so male directors, there is just one female director. At the same time, filmmakers of all genders continue to explore new representations of women in cinema. We thought it was time to revisit some essential feminist films (a few classics and several, perhaps, unexpected picks) that deconstruct gender identity, explore issues pertinent to women and their history, and challenge the patriarchy. These films, directed by women and men, have broadened the scope of female representation in cinema.”

  • 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

    All peer reviewed papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer
    Production guidelines; see

    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.

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