- Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself | WIRED (October 13): “Margaret Hamilton wasn’t supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon. It was 1960, not a time when women were encouraged to seek out high-powered technical work. Hamilton, a 24-year-old with an undergrad degree in mathematics, had gotten a job as a programmer at MIT, and the plan was for her to support her husband through his three-year stint at Harvard Law. After that, it would be her turn—she wanted a graduate degree in math.”
- The Sixth Time | Accidentally in Code (October 11): “I’ve watched things that I started get less inclusive because I left and the people who took over had different motivations. We ran one event on interview prep that I wanted to open up to PoC, and low-income, and instead… it became women from one specific university. At that point… what are we even doing? It’s not “inclusion” it’s “diversity” and what they actually mean by “diversity” is “recruiting”.”
- [cw: harassment] Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It) — Bad Words — Medium (): “abuse — not making money — is the great problem tech and media have. The problem of abuse is the greatest challenge the web faces today. It is greater than censorship, regulation, or (ugh) monetization. It is a problem of staggering magnitude and epic scale, and worse still, it is expensive: it is a problem that can’t be fixed with the cheap, simple fixes beloved by tech: patching up code, pushing out updates.”
- [cw: harassment] A woman who happens to tech — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium (October 9): “While the tech industry is made of people, people are not made solely of tech. A person has to exist outside of what they do. We cannot punish people for doing so, or pretend the industry is some safe haven from the rest of what’s happening out there. What’s happening out there is the same thing that’s happening inside our warm caffeinated bubble.”
- Harry Potter Where Hermione Doesn’t Do Anyone’s Homework | The Toast (October 13): “Hermione wheeled around and fixed him with a venomous look. “Don’t ever suggest again that I am responsible for your failures, Harry Potter. I love you like a brother, but you rise and fall on your own. You will not place a burden on my shoulders that was meant for your own.””
- [cw: sexual harassment] How Astronomers Sought to Intervene With Geoff Marcy — and What’s at Stake for Women in the Field | The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 14): “Women in astronomy worked quietly for a decade to persuade Geoffrey W. Marcy, the acclaimed Berkeley astronomer whose alleged sexual harassment of students has roiled the discipline, to change his behavior before four former students finally filed complaints against him last year.”
- [cw: sexual harassment] Geoffrey Marcy to Resign From Berkeley Astronomy Department | The New York Times (October 14): “Geoffrey Marcy, the renowned astronomer who was found guilty in a campus investigation of sexually harassing students, is resigning from the faculty of theUniversity of California, Berkeley, where he has been a professor for 16 years.”
- St. Louis ‘Project Comic-Con’ celebrates women in the industry | Fox 2 News (October 17): “This year’s theme was focused on women creators and their contributions to the industry. Artist Emily Warren says she’s glad to be part of the new emergence of females in the comic book world.”
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