11 articles Articles posted in Women

How Marines Are Like Computer Scientists: The Problem with Underrepresentation

“This Marine Infantry Course Proved Too Much For Its First Two Women Applicants.” “Female Lieutenants Flunk Marine Corps’ Fierce Infantry Training.” “Second Female Marine Fails Grueling Infantry Officer Course.”

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Why You Should Apply for NCWIT’s Aspirations Award

Why You Should Apply for NCWIT’s Aspirations Award

The Aspirations Award is organized by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and it recognizes high school girls for “computing-related achievements and interests.” If you’re eligible, please apply. If you’re not, please spread the word. This award has literally been life-changing for many young women.

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How to Reinforce Impostor Syndrome

“You only got that internship because you’re a woman,” P. said. I was floored. Now, I’ve taken my fair share of shit from people. I’ve had people call me a bitch. I’ve had people call me whiny and ignorant. A stranger once aggressively diagnosed me with a mental condition. One of my peers used to keep a blog about how much she hated me. But this? This really stung. P. was a good friend of mine, …

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On Female-Friendly Design

On Female-Friendly Design

If you’re trying to design for women, start by solving real problems. Too often, marketers and product designers think that they can slap some pink on a product and women will flock to it. Remember Dell’s “Della” line for women? Or Bic for Her, the totally unnecessary “pen for women” (and its ensuing Amazon reviews)? But let’s be honest: It’s not really a problem that the iPhone 5 doesn’t come in pink. It is a problem that …

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My Problem with “Circle of Six”

I love the idea of using technology to solve cultural problems. I love the idea of an app that makes social change. But I have a problem with Circle of Six, which won the White House’s “Apps Against Abuse” contest earlier this year. Circle of Six is an app designed to let women reach out to their trusted friends (their “circle of six”) with only a couple of taps. It’s a great idea, at least …

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App.net: The Country Club of the Internet?

Let’s imagine, for a minute, a world in which App.net is successful. App.net is filled with people who understand the value of buying a product to preserve their privacy. “Members” pay $50 a year to enjoy a platform where they, not advertisers, are in control of their data. These are the people who are startup-literate, technically competent and probably well educated. Meanwhile, everyone else is on, let’s say, Facebook. Initially, I’m reminded of the split …

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The Problem with Daniel Tosh

If you don’t know who Daniel Tosh is, you’re lucky. He’s a “comedian” who makes jokes that are primarily misogynistic, racist or otherwise offensive. He’s been in the news recently after he remarked recently that it would be funny if one of his (female) audience members was raped by “like, five guys right now.” There was the appropriate Twitter kerfuffle and minor media storm. “Let’s end his career!” everyone cheers, tired of the crap we’ve …

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On Technical Entitlement

On Technical Entitlement

By most measures, I should have technical entitlement in spades. I’m the granddaughter of a software engineer and the daughter of a entrepreneur. I could use a computer just about as soon as I could sit up. When I was 11, I made my first website and within a year I was selling code. I took six semesters of computer science in high school, and I had two internships behind me when I started my …

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Lessons from Philly’s Women in Tech Summit… via Twitter

I went to the Philadelphia Women in Tech Summit, part of Philly tech week, today. It was my first conference, and a great experience. Here were some of the big lessons I took away from the event. If you want something, ask. “No one is going to offer you opportunities. It’s no one else’s responsibility to make you happy in your career.” #witsphl — Vicki(@vboykis) April 21, 2012 In order to get started, you must …

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Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Two of Penn’s Computer Science groups hosted an open forum on brogramming last night. Yes, you read me right. Brogramming. Or that awkward mashup-man of programmer and frat bro. We had an entire forum on brogramming–and, by extension, sexism in computer science. (About two dozen people showed up.) This all started when Penn’s general computer science student group considered making “Brogrammer” shirts for a bacchanal Penn tradition. When this was proposed, there was some resistance which …

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