- Free and open source software and ‘the anarchist-libertarian ethic’ | skycroeser.net: “the answer is not more top-down control; initiatives that come out of the community and are lead by those who have previously been marginalised are far more likely to provide sustainable long-term solutions.”
- I’m a Black Female Cosplayer And Some People Hate It | xoJane: “After my pictures started making the rounds on deviantArt, tumblr and 4chan, it became pretty clear that my cosplay brings all the racists to the yard, and they’re like…white cosplay is better than yours.”
- The Internal Memo That Allowed IBM’s Female Employees to Get Married | The Atlantic: “Women, in those days, were seen as temporary hires, holding a spot for a man, which she would relinquish if she got married.” Also links to an interview:
- The Face Of A ‘Computer’ From 1946 | Huffington Post: “Eleanor Kolchin was once a computer. When she accepted her first full-time job in 1946, “computers” were people, not machines: As a programmer at Columbia University’s Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory , Kolchin helped astronomers make sense of the universe by operating sofa-sized calculating machines capable of little beyond basic arithmetic. She wasColumbia Engineering Quarterly’s first-ever female contributor, and spent over two decades manning computers to complete astrophysics research at New York University.”
- Speaking up. | Sarah Parmenter, a web and UI designer.: “Six months ago, something happened to me that I kept quiet. Some of my best friends in the industry knew it was happening and tried to help as much as they could. I started writing a post back then about what happened, I got halfway through and found it too much. Coming back, maybe with a stronger disposition because of what happened with my Mum, I now want to share what occurred.”
- [ableist title] Women Don’t Negotiate Because…| women2.0: ”women don’t negotiate for a very simple reason: they sense – correctly – that it will hurt them if they do.”
- The dark side of HackerNews: negativity at best, suppression at worst | Keen IO: “Within about ten minutes, Michelle’s post had about 20 comments, from different perspectives, and it was on the front page of HackerNews. The debate raged for about an hour, and then out of nowhere, new post activity slowed markedly. A friend pointed out to us that, for some reason, Michelle’s post had been buried on the third page!”
- The Importance of Putting on a Diverse, Inclusive Conference | TechWell: Good summary of BritRuby fiasco, concrete benefits of diversity, resources for reachout etc.
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