Women In Technology - Friday Links - 4th December 2020

Dec 06, 2020

Mary Wollstonecraft, considered the mother of modern feminism, is now depicted in a controversial naked statue that has provoked reactions like the one by feminist writer Caitlin Moran who tweeted: “Imagine if there was a statue of a hot young naked guy ‘in tribute’ to eg Churchill. It would look mad. This, also, looks mad.” You can find many articles and reactions on this subject, like this one from The Guardian.



The confidence gap predicts the gender pay gap among STEM graduates

In a recent article published in PNAS, new research show that female US engineering graduates considered themselves as less qualified than their male colleagues during the first years of their professional careers. Female engineers earn on average 4,000 USD less than their male colleagues. Previous research also revealed that Women in science auto evaluate with worse results and this is very damaging for future promotions. Experts agree that cultural stereotypes associated with these professions contribute to undermine their self-confidence.



Nature Communications looking into paper on mentorship after strong negative reaction

The article, “The association between early career informal mentorship in academic collaborations and junior author performance,” appeared in Nature Communications on November 17, and stated: “Our gender-related findings suggest that current diversity policies promoting female–female mentorships, as well-intended as they may be, could hinder the careers of women who remain in academia in unexpected ways. Female scientists, in fact, may benefit from opposite-gender mentorships in terms of their publication potential and impact throughout their post-mentorship careers.

Dr Amanda E.Bates is collecting a list of signatures in response to Nature’s Article, where women can highlight the role of a specific mentor /role model and provide details (More than 2,000 signatures collected so far).




WIT Pictures – Part II

36 CERN Women in 40 different locations in only 3 days. CERN Photographer Noemi Caraban has done an amazing job extending the existing CERN image collections portraying our female colleagues. Irene Garcia Obrero has followed Noemi in this intense journey to document the profiles of our colleagues in her https://knowing-women-at-cern.web.cern.ch. Stay tuned for the pictures! For the time being, enjoy the making of video.




Paye ton EPFL

Paye ton EPFL is a project launched by Polyquity, an organisation within EPFL that promotes gender equality, where several students share their experiences on sexism, harassment and discrimination in EPFL.




WIT Xmas Event – Meet Women @ CERN – Saturday 12th December from 11h to 12h

Help us spread the word among girls and young women to get inspired by our colleagues Sabrina Amrouche, Eva Gousiou, Dipanwita Banerjee and Patrizia Azzi who will tell about their careers in STEM and will be happy to exchange with the participants. Participants should register in Indico: https://indico.cern.ch/event/978815/


Journée internationale des femmes et des filles de science 2021 – Présent ton métier !

Pour la 5e année consécutive, le CERN, le Scienscope de l’Université de Genève et l’EPFL collaborent pour encourager les filles à s’orienter vers les sciences lors de la Journée internationale des femmes et des filles de science. Du 1 au 5 février 2021, des femmes scientifiques et ingénieures interviendront dans les établissements scolaires de la région pour présenter leur métier.

Communiquez votre enthousiasme pour les métiers scientifiques en vous inscrivant avant le 6 janvier 2021.



European Code Week 2020 - Python Coaches – Saturday 12th December

Rights Tech Women are looking for English- or French-speaking volunteer coaches, who are familiar with Python, to guide 10-year-old-girls and above through a Python / Data Structure tutorial featuring Women in Science. The tutorial will be conducted online.

There will be a coaches' training session via Zoom on Monday 7 December at 12:30 CET (lunchtime). Women coaches are especially encouraged but coaches of any gender are welcome. To sign up, please email ellen.walker@rightstech.org and indicate if you are available on the 12th Dec for (a) the morning session (English only, 10:00-12:00 12th Dec.) or (b) the afternoon session (French only, 14-16h 12th Dec.) or (c) both the morning (EN) and afternoon (FR) sessions. And, please confirm that you can attend the training on 7 December.

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