Nobody Promised You a Linkspam (19 April 2015)

  • Researchers quit science Hall of Fame panel over lack of women nominees | CBCNews (April 11): “Judy Illes and Catherine Anderson resigned from the selection committee of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame this month after realizing that no women had been nominated for induction two years in a row.”
  • To fight income inequality, tell your friends how much you make | Quartz (April 14): “As Congress meets to debate the merits of government intervention in the issue of equal pay, women and minorities need to realize they aren’t alone. And the best way to do that is to start talking about their paychecks. By breaking the outdated workplace taboo that expects silence around salary, we can create a community of honesty and empowerment.”
  • Meet ‘digital nun’: the Sister funding her monastery through her apps | The Telegraph (April 5): “running a monastery requires income and – while nuns elsewhere bring in money by making soaps or jams – Sister Catherine has established a professional web design and maintenance service, offering everything from hosting to content management to social media integration, which goes by the name of “Veilnet”.”
  • The worst question you could ask women in a job interview | The Washington Post (April 14): “If companies relied less on what people made in their past jobs, and more on the actual market value of the job being filled, they’d be less likely to perpetuate the gap between men’s and women’s salaries. After all, when employers base someone’s new salary off of their former salary elsewhere, they just compound any past biases or negotiation disadvantages.”
  • No Country for All Women | The Gilliad (April 15): “People make ill-advised statements online all the time; some people seem to make, if not a career of it, then at least an avocation. The appropriate response, I’m inclined to think, is a private shrug, sigh, or roll of the eyes before moving on. At maximum, I’ll say something sarcastic or deeply cynical within earshot of a small audience of disinterested cats. Which is how it should be, probably.* *For the most part; there are always exceptions, e.g. if it’s hate speech or bullying, SHUT IT DOWN (if possible). If it’s more like, “Here’s a wrongly attributed motivational quote I just HAD to share with everyone I’ve ever met,” then idk, I’d let it go.”
  • The girl game archival project that’s rewriting geek history | The Verge (April 17): “More generally, Rhizome is chipping away at the overgeneralized view that technology is a “historically male” field, where women are just now struggling to get a foothold. “It is not like this is the first time that women were into games,” says Espenscheid. “It’s not the first time that women are active on the internet. If you look, there have been all kinds of people making web pages when there were no graphical editors, when you had to type in HTML code, actually. When you say, ‘Oh god, nobody can do that, we need some white boys in hoodies to do this for us!’ — [every] kind of person has been doing that, in the ’90s for example. But this is very easily forgotten.””
  • Season 2 of Black Feminist Blogger is Coming! | Black Girl Nerds (April 15): “Season 2 of Black Feminist Blogger is set to officially premiere on April 20th. Black Feminist Blogger is a new web-series centering on the protagonist Latoya, a queer black feminist blogger who is attempting to negotiate her identity as a feminist and a writer within the competitive terrain of the online feminist marketplace. She writes for a feminist magazine called Sapphire Mouth run by a white woman named Marie who continuously employs unethical tricks to make it to the top. Marie’s goal is to have Sapphire Mouth be the “next Jezebel.””
    Gaming, Entrepreneurship and Pioneering: A Young Woman’s Nontraditional Path From Gamer to Game Designer | HuffPost Icon Next (April 15): “I attended that same Career Day that got me my job at JumpStart three years ago as a speaker and had the opportunity to talk to high school students about my story and my career. I am returning this year as well as attending a conference for young girls where I am going to talk about my experiences and being a female in a primarily male industry. I think it’s great to motivate and inspire students to pursue their passions. When I was in high school, I thought my grades were going to stop me from achieving any success in life, and I want others in that situation to know that that is not true.”
  • My first #WCW Aisha Bowe Founder of STEM Board and Former NASA engineer | STEM Girl Social Network (April 15): “At only 29 years old, Aisha who is an aerospace engineer, manages STEMBoard’s multi-million defense-contracts and private sector clients. STEMBoard is composed of aerospace and defense engineers who are leading innovative and disruptive change within the defense and intelligence community.”
  • Reham Fagiri: From Goldman Sachs to Start-up CEO | Lady Clever (April 15): “Her journey started when, at 16, she left her family in Sudan to attend university in America. After getting her degree(s), Fagiri landed at Goldman Sachs as an engineer and analyst, holding other positions in the company during her tenure there, and participating in Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative in order to share her knowledge with and empower other women. Now, she is the CEO of AptDeco, a company that makes it safer for women in New York City to buy and sell furniture without having strangers showing up to their homes.”


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