Women in Technology - Friday Links 3 July 2020

Jul 06, 2020

The mission of the Humanae Institute is to empower citizens to challenge the myth of race. Their vision is to eradicate misconceptions on race through art and education. Angelica Dass is the founder and CEO. She is an award-winning photographer. Check this TED talk to know more.

 

Women in STEM

 

  • Behind the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard there is Professor Lauren Gardner

You may be one of those people checking the popular Coronavirus Dashboard on a regular basis from the beginning of the pandemic. Read more on how the dashboard was developed in this article, and check this video by Professor Lauren Gardner, who explains how the dashboard is built and maintained.

 

  • Making Women in Science visible

Best Selling author and illustrator, Rachel Ignotofsky rewrites the history of women in science to be more honest and inclusive. Through eye-catching illustrations, Rachel makes her message as inspiring as it is accessible, for young women and PhD’s alike. Check this TED talk to know more.

 

  • Coronavirus Coverage and the Silencing of Female Expertise

With male voices dominating the pandemic narrative, female scientists are lamenting the loss of diverse perspectives. Check this article to know more.

 

  • NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

NASA announced last week that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA. Check this press release to know more.

 

Women in the world

 

  • ILO warns that pandemic threatens gender equality in the labor market

The International Labour Organization’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19, states that women workers have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, creating a risk that some of the modest progress on gender equality made in recent decades will be lost, and that work-related gender inequalities will be exacerbated. Read more here.

 

  • Féminisme : des Allemandes présentent la facture de leur travail domestique pendant le confinement

Afficher le vrai coût du travail domestique gratuit ? Des mères allemandes, ne voyant pas les écoles rouvrir, ont décidé de présenter la facture de leur travail de soin et d'éducation prodigué à leurs enfants au gouvernement de leur région. Lire plus de details ici ou tape #coronaelternrechnenab sur twitter si tu parles allemand.

 

  • Je ne suis pas sexiste, mais...

Angela Saini taught us a few days ago that racism doesn’t always come in the form that we expect. It doesn’t only come in the form of that racist police officer crushing the neck of George Floyd. It comes in much more subtle ways that could fool anyone of us. The same mechanism applies also to sexism. Check below a great video by French author Marine Spaak explaining all this.

Une vidéo simple et efficace réalisée par Marine Spaak explique la mécanique sexiste en se basant sur la mécanique raciste définie par Pierre Tevanian. 

 

Summer Readings

 

  • Men explain things to me, by Rebecca Solnit

In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

 

  • Feminists don’t wear pink, by Scarlett Curtis

An urgent and inspirational collection of essays by a diverse group of celebrities, activists, and artists about what feminism means to them, with the goal of helping readers come to their own personal understanding of the word.

 

  • 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics, by Bruce Goldfarb

The story of a woman whose ambition and accomplishments far exceeded the expectations of her time, 18 Tiny Deaths follows the transformation of a young, wealthy socialite into the mother of modern forensics…

 

Summer Movies

 

  • Women Make Movies

This initiative supports women producers and directors, planting the seeds for a diverse and inclusive filmmaking landscape. As the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women, they amplify historically ignored voices and challenge the mainstream media. Not a platform to watch but definitely worth checking in any case. Check more on the web.

 

We found there the movie “Picture a Scientist”. Let us know if any of you had the chance to watch this movie and whether there could be interest in organising a screening!

 

Maria, on behalf of WIT SC

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About the Women in Technology (WIT) Community: The aim of this community is to create a fairer working environment that gives women equal opportunities to be empowered and progress in technical fields for the benefit of Science and Technology. Visit cern.ch/wit 

 


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