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.”
“I’ve always considered women to be people…” [#geekgirl]
“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.”
Callout: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing [#geekgirl]
“The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network and inspire other women in computing. Be a part of the world’s largest conference for women technologists by submitting a session proposal.
Submissions are encouraged from professionals at all levels – entry-level to senior women in industry, government and academia, and from students— undergraduate, graduate and post-doc fellows. Women technologists and those who work with them (including technical men, corporate recruiters, nonprofit advocates, etc.) are all welcome to submit session proposals.”
“#Women, it’s time to age disgracefully…” [#geekgirl]
[Via The Guardian] “Feminism has encouraged us to accept our gender, our bodies, our sexuality and our desires. But rarely do we hear we have to accept our age. Amongst our protests against size zero, our growing admiration of plus-size models, and our education around Photoshop machinations, we’ve left the glorification of feminine youth intact. Being told you look younger than you actually are is still a form of flattery, an odd construct of a compliment that we are, happily, not what we appear to be. The value society places on women’s age has led us to feel shame about the most human of things – getting old. Age is a feminist issue, in the same way that gender, race, class, ability and sexual orientation are…
This is about much more than our sagging breasts, our pickled skin and our marching cellulite – it is about our growing voice, extinguished at the moment it has the most to say. And yes, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep might be great “older ladies” role models, but there are only a handful of actresses in similar positions, compared to their thousands of male counterparts.
Should we not fight to reclaim our worth, at all ages? Do we fear being called old and bitter? Enough. It’s time to age disgracefully. To do otherwise is to buy into the role society wants us to play – and it’s hard to get attention, dignified or not, once you’re invisible.”
“Why #patriarchy fears the scissors…” [#geekgirl]
[From this article at The New Statesman] “My own “game” hasn’t suffered at all from having short hair, and it’s a really good way of filtering out the douchecanoes. Neo-misogynists tend not to want to sleep with me, date me or wife me up however I wear my hair, because after five minutes of conversation it tends to transpire that I’m precisely the sort of mouthy, ambitious, slutty feminist banshee who haunts their nightmares, but if I keep my hair short we tend to waste less of each other’s time. If you’ve a ladyboner for sexist schmuckweasels, short hair isn’t going to help, although they might let you administer a disappointing hand-job.
But if you want to meet men as equals, if you want to fill your life with amazing men and boys as lovers, as life-partners, as friends and colleagues who treat women and girls as human beings rather than a walking assemblage of “signs of fertility” – believe me, they are out there – then I wouldn’t start by changing your hair. I’d start by changing your politics, and surrounding yourself with people who want to change theirs, too.”
[From an article at Kotaku] '"As a woman in game development, I have only so much political capital to spend before I get dismissed as a chick, [as] crazy, hysterical, shrill, stupid, not a real woman, not a real gamer," one developer tells me. After six years in the industry, she says, "I've been soaking in it so long, I mistrust my own internal calibration."'
“7 of the most amazing women you’ve never heard of… ” [#geekgirl]
Some of these women we know about. But so many others we don’t. For every Joan of Arc, there’s a Mongolian wrestler princess; for every Mata Hari, there’s a Colombian revolutionary spy; for every Ada Lovelace, there’s a pin-up Austrian telecoms inventor.”
NSFW Photo: “American Apparel Mannequins Now Sporting Full Bush” [#geekgirl]
#RIP Marina Ginestà, “…the defiant militia girl” [#geekgirl]