BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and IBM are pleased to announce a new annual event, the BCS Karen SpÃ¤rck Jones Lecture honouring women in computing research.Fran Allen will give the first lecture on 24 May 2011 at the BCS London office.
- The GNOME Outreach Program for Women internships are open for another round, from May 23 through August 22, 2011 with applications closing April 8. That round coincides with Google Summer of Code and GNOME enourages women interested to apply for both programs.
- [Trigger warning for tokenism] On Being Feminismâ€™s â€œMs. Niggaâ€: Latoya Peterson on tokenism, conferences and feminism.
Some folks would call that an attempt at diversity â€“ but it is a nefarious double bind for those of us who get the nod. To refuse to participate may mean that voice is never represented, that the voices are the underrepresented are once again unvoiced, unheard, and perhaps unknown. Unfortunately, absence can be interpreted as a reinforcement of the status quo… However, to accept the position also means to be pressed into the token spot.
- ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Luciana Fuji Pontello, a GNOME Women’s Outreach participant andï»¿ the Cheese webcam application developer responsible for the application’s camerabin port and gobject introspection supportÂ was interviewed for International Womens Day.
- [Trigger Warning for implied violence and disregard for women] Tim Buckley of the ctrl-alt-del gaming comic criticises some of the “padding” quests in Dragon Age 2 which are…Â insidiouslyÂ disturbed:
[...] when I came across a sparkly pile of bones in Darktown labeled “Remains of (some woman whose name I can’t really remember), and upon looting got actual remains instead of treasure, I figured I’d started a quest at least worthy of a small cutscene about how this guy’s poor wife had been kidnapped by the slavers I’d just finished slaughtering, and how happy he was that he could now give her a proper burial. But nope. Instead it turned out to be just another schmuck who acted like he’d misplaced his fucking car keys or something. Maybe customs are different in Kirkwall, I don’t know.
- [Trigger Warning for implied violence and disregard for women] For bonus failpoints, there are multiple quests that follow this script in the game. Fuck you, Bioware. Really. To quote one gamer friend:
Baldur’s Gate II doesn’t mean you get away with this.
- The Ladycomicsparty is back for another year:
If you are a lady who is involved with comics, and you’ll be near NYC around the MoCCA fest, you should come to this!
- Jeri Ellsworth devised a $10 version of a $5000 safety product and was accused of having
set back the progress of women 100 years. Whaaaaat? As Cory Doctorow notes, Misogyny is alive and well in technology circles. An Ellsworth supporter retorts that
The only way Jeri Ellsworth could set back women 100 years would be by developing aï»¿ time machine in her guest room.
- Ladyada on the front cover of Wired! (And doing it Rosie the Riveter style!)
This is the first female engineer to appear WIREDâ€™s cover.
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