Women In Technology - Friday Links - 25/09/2020

Sep 25, 2020

Eleonora is a postdoctoral research fellow with several years of experience in molecular biology and genomics, and with a passion for illustration. Together with the Sci-Illustrate team, they try to highlight the achievements of women scientists to fight stereotypes and advocate for diversity and inclusion in science.




Fête de la Science, Samedi 10 Octobre

Nous cherchons des volontaires pour la Fête de la Science, le 10 octobre au château Voltaire (Ferney-Voltaire). WIT propose deux activités :  Pixel Art et une Chasse au Trésor.

Pour participer vous devrez être disponible le 10 octobre (soit matin, soit après-midi) et parler français (minimum B2). Nous aurons des sessions de briefing obligatoires dans les prochaines semaines. 

Merci de vous inscrire sur https://voisins.cern/fr/volontaires-fete-de-la-science-2020


WIT Lecture - Why is Inclusive Language so Important? by Pascal M. Gygax, Thursday 8th October 2020 at 12h

Pascal Gygax is head of the Psycholinguistics and Applied Social Psychology team at the University of Fribourg. His work focuses on the way our brain processes the male grammatical mark, and how language creeps into our perception of gender. Register in Indico to this interesting lecture that will be held online via Zoom: https://indico.cern.ch/event/894213/



Feedback – Ideas to make CERN more family friendly


WIT would like to invite the community to share their ideas on how to make CERN more family-friendly. In particular, WIT has already started to check on baby changing facilities at CERN and has met SMB colleagues on this subject. We would like to ask those people interested to go and have a look to the baby-changing table in Restaurant 2, located inside the handicap toilet. What do you think about it? In what other places parents believe baby changing facilities are necessary? We are also happy to learn from experiences in other institutes and research labs and especially from those colleagues who come to CERN with their families. Please, share your ideas via Discourse.




Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has died aged 87 on September 18th, was the second woman to sit on the supreme court of the United States. She had established a reputation as a champion of gender equality and women’s rights as advocate, academic and appeals court judge. Throughout her long career, she was firm in her twin convictions: there is discrimination against women in the US (and elsewhere), and that discrimination violates the American constitution.

Listen to this Radiolab podcast to know more about her: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/more-perfect-sex-appeal




Where are the Women?

Women account for about a third of all authors who published papers related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak in January 2020. Gender biases seem to be affecting COVID-19 research similar to other scientific areas, highlighting that women are consistently being under-represented. This may have implications for the availability and interrogation of sex-disaggregated data and therefore our understanding of COVID-19. These gender biases hint at wider gender inequalities in our global response to the pandemic, which may reduce the chance of dealing with it robustly and speedily.


Women play a vital role in the advancement of global health, yet men remain the majority holders of leadership positions. Women make up 75% of the healthcare workforce,  yet occupy less than 25% of the most influential leadership positions. Their contribution to health systems is monumental, yet the majority of their work is either underpaid or unpaid, leaving women with few opportunities for advancement or to care for their own health. This creates an inequitable health system that impacts the health of all. Also, women are in the minority in pandemic crisis committees. COVID-19 Emergency Committee in the World Health Organisation has 35% female representation. 





International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time the past 18th September, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value.  It further builds on the United Nations commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.


Recording of the panel discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o7GPQkFqcI





Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O’Neil is one of the persons interviewed in the documentary The Social Dilemma and author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction: Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2u_eHHzRto


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff, who also appears in The Social Dilemma, is an American author, Harvard professor, social psychologist, philosopher, and scholar. According to her, what began as advertising is now a threat to freedom and democracy. Time to wake up - and fight for a different digital future.




Have a great weekend,

Maria on behalf of WIT SC

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