Women In Technology - Friday Links - 18th December 2020

Jan 01, 2021

Dear WIT Friends!

Christmas is almost upon us and below are plenty of Friday links to while away the holiday hours,..

The Good (Lots of it)

Voted Game of the Year 2020, The Last Part of Us II, is celebrated for breaking LGBTQ+ barriers: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2020/jun/27/the-last-of-us-part-ii-the-blockbuster-game-breaking-lgbtq-barriers

If carolling is your thing,..
Christmas Carols reimagined,.. with Feminist Lyrics such as ‘“More than half of working women/ Have been sexually harassed. Such a scary ass statistic/ Surely belongs in the past” to the tune of ‘Once in Royal David’s City”
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas-carols-feminist-lyrics-new-good-queen-wenceslas-equal-pay-kick-balls-hyrrs-a8106071.html

Or if hip hop is more your thing:
Julia Ravey rapping on women science stereotypes: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHLFgSQjJvQ/

Zalando co-CEO Rubin Ritter quits to prioritize wife's career:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/zalando-co-ceo-rubin-ritter-quits-to-prioritize-wife-s-career/ar-BB1bHjVN?ocid=entnewsntp

Tech company Pinterest held to account:
Pinterest in $22.5m gender discrimination pay out: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55311470

A wonderful black and white photo collection of CERN Women in STEM:  https://cds.cern.ch/record/2746103

and our external women also working in STEM: https://cds.cern.ch/record/2746342

Nine Female Adventure Photographers Who Push the Limits:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/9-female-adventure-photographers/

Coming out in February 2021 to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Swiss Women gaining the right to vote ’50 Amazing Swiss Women”
https://wemakeit.com/projects/50-amazing-swiss-women-book?locale=en

The inspiration behind the legendary film “9 to 5”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-55089013

The Bad

From CERN Alumnus Jack Sharp’s photo collection, a reminder that it was only 50 years ago!  (the photos are great, but the posters are bad!)

See the full collection here: https://www.jacksharp.co.uk/

The Ugly

Paris city hall fined for putting too many women in senior roles, “This fine is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous,” adding that women in France should be promoted with “vigour because the lag everywhere in France is still very great” comments Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/15/paris-city-hall-fined-for-putting-too-many-women-in-senior-roles

More on the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google; their star ethics researcher highlighted the risks of large language models, which are key to Google's business.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/04/1013294/google-ai-ethics-research-paper-forced-out-timnit-gebru/

Thanks to all who have contributed to the WIT Friday links over the year,

We wish you a joyful and restful Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2021!

Rachel 
on behalf of the WIT steering committee
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