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Women in Tech #23

  • Scientific American’s mistakes
  • Women scientists in film
  • Leta Stetter Hollingworth
  • Remembering Christa McAuliffe’
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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Future Ada: Tech Organizing Through an Intersectional Lens

Ada Lovelace’s work on the first analytical engine helped lay the path for our modern world and continues to serve as an inspiration to people worldwide, including Electronic Frontier Alliance member Future Ada.

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Scientific American

Reckoning with Our Mistakes

An article about women engineers, published in 1908, has a promising start: If women are attending technical schools and are not legally blocked from working in a forge or firm, why do they face so many obstacles to employment? A reader in 2020 who discovers such a socially progressive question in the archives of Scientific American anticipates a discussion of sex discrimination. Perhaps women such as Emily Warren Roebling, who took over her husband’s role as chief engineer on construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after he became bedridden, will be held up for their contributions to the field. Surely the article will feature the voice of Nora Stanton Barney, who had recently fought to become the first woman accepted as a junior member in the American Society of Civil Engineers and was active in the suffrage movement.

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The Hindu

Films like ‘Shakuntala Devi’ delve into the personal lives of women scientists. But where’s the science?

In these movies, the role of science or maths in the lives of the protagonists is so superficial that I feel cheated

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Milford Daily News (Massachusetts)

Framingham native Christa McAuliffe’s curiosity lives on in hometown 34 years after Challenger disaster

Christa McAuliffe, a Framingham native, was one of 10 to make USA Today’s “Women of the Century” list for New Hampshire. She wasn’t among the top 10 for Massachusetts, but her energy lives on in her hometown of Framingham, home to a science center and charter school that bear her name.

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The Independent (UK)

Why women academics are bearing the brunt of coronavirus

Women are facing additional constraints to men during coronavirus, write Keymanthri Moodley and Amanda Gouws. This is true particularly of academics where research submissions were down for women but up 50 per cent for men in April

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Associated Press

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president

NEW YORK — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for everything.” And taking the stage to announce her presidential candidacy , she framed it as a race grounded in the compassion and values of the person she credits for her fighting spirit.

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Science Focus

Rana el Kaliouby on teaching computers to read our emotions

So the initial idea was to talk about emotion A.I. or artificial emotional intelligence and kind of tease apart the different applications of the technology and the ethical and moral implications of building technology like that. But very early on, I remember meeting with the publisher Penguin, Random House, and the editor there said, you know, your story is really fascinating.

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Meet The Forgotten Female Scientist Who Debunked Theories Of Male Superiority

Leta Stetter Hollingworth was a trailblazing psychologist and champion of women’s rights. But a century after the 19th Amendment, equality has a long way to go.

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The Conversation

Early and mid-career scientists face a bleak future in the wake of the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on research in Australia. We surveyed 333 early and mid-career researchers in science, technical, engineering and medical (STEM) fields and found the impact on their productivity and mental health has been dire, with many considering leaving research altogether.

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The Drum

Girls Who Code promoted offline activism with an online march

Moving Image & Content was highly commended in the Social Media Strategy category of The Drum Marketing Awards US 2020 with its March For Sisterhood campaign for Girls Who Code. Here, the team behind the entry reveal the challenges faced and strategies used to deliver this successful project.

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