Women In Technology - Friday Links - 19th February 2021


Studies have shown that stereotyped ideas about gender roles develop early in life, even in families promoting gender equality. For example, it is found that girls and boys often have different toy preferences by the end of the first year of their lives, they understand gender stereotypes and want to behave like others of the same sex by as early as age two, and they learn to adjust their behaviour according to internalised gender stereotypes by age four. Gender stereotypes about STEM are prevalent throughout the socialisation process, during which girls learn and develop gender roles. There are two predominant stereotypes with relation to gender and STEM – ‘boys are better at maths and science than girls’ and ‘science and engineering careers are masculine domains’. (Cracking the code: girls' and women's education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - UNESCO - 2017 - https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000253479)


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Congratulations to the NASA's Perseverance team!

CERN Alumna, Member of Perseverence team!  Meet Shannon Towey, CERN Alumna who works on mission systems and operations of spacecraft on Mars, including Mars 2020 rover mission! https://alumni.cern/news/395710

Women of Mars - https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission/team/women-of-mars/

Meet some of the women team members and hear about the exciting and challenging jobs they do in science and engineering while working with Mars rover Curiosity.


NASA Women Role Models - https://mars.nasa.gov/people/?category=female

Science Operations, Vehicle Systems Engineer, Surface Strategic Mission Manager, Contamination Control Engineer, Flight Technician... these are some of the positions held by NASA women.


Quick Reads

What's in a surname?

The female artists lost to history because they got married.



Pandemic hit academic mothers especially hard, new data confirm



Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome



10 Times Black Women broke the glass ceiling




A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science - https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Lab-of-Ones-Own/Rita-Colwell/9781501181276

A riveting memoir-manifesto from the first female director of the National Science Foundation about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system.


Tropes vs Women in Video Games - https://feministfrequency.com/series/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games/

Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign supported by 6,968 backers, the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series aims to examine limiting, sexist patterns associated with female representations in games, and to illuminate how these patterns reinforce and perpetuate harmful attitudes about women in our culture. According to Statista: The video gaming industry is huge and shows no signs of slowing down. While there were almost two billion video gamers across the world in 2015, this figure is expected to rise to over three billion gamers by 2023



Moxie - https://www.netflix.com/fr-en/title/81078393

Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school. Accoring to the European Institute for Gender Equality: The Nesse Network of Experts states that “there is considerable evidence that sexual and other forms of harassment and bullying are quite common in schools in different countries …” and that “sexual harassment is a pervasive problem for girls in schools, particularly in adolescence”.



A Day with Particles - https://youtu.be/e0Lv2GrsXig

Made by IPPOG members Vojtech Pleskot, Daniel Scheirich and Martin Rybar from Charles University, in Prague, A Day with Particles has won the Top Award at the GeekFestToronto 2021 Film Festival! This film, made with no money, with no professional help, and in their free time, took many months to make and is intended to be seen by as many members of the general public and schools as possible. 


Breaking Boundaries in Science - https://www.filamentgames.com/project/breaking-boundaries/

Breaking Boundaries in Science is a VR celebration of some of history’s most influential women in science: Grace Hopper, Marie Curie, and Jane Goodall. Drawing from primary sources, Breaking Boundaries elevates these women’s stories in contemporary media, emphasizing biographical details like their work environments and personal artifacts in order to fully flesh out the player’s understanding of their lives and achievements. The game even features the voice talent of Dr. Jane Goodall herself!


Academic Training

Introduction to Quantum Computing (1 /3) -  Heather Gray (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

These lectures will be held via Zoom. Connection details are available on the Indico pages:


Tuesday, 23 February at 16:00 (lecture 1/3) - https://indico.cern.ch/event/870513/

Wednesday, 24 February at 16:00 (lecture 2/3) -  https://indico.cern.ch/event/870514/

Thursday, 25 February at 16:00 (lecture 3/3) -  https://indico.cern.ch/event/870515/


Description: Quantum computing is an exciting emergent field at the interface of the computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics. While the ideas behind quantum computing originated almost 30 years ago, the field has gone through a period of rapid development in recent years. I will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of quantum computation, discuss current and future hardware implementations and introduce the types of algorithms that are used for quantum computation. Potential applications to high-energy physics will also be discussed.


Organized by: Maria Arsuaga Rios


News from WIT

New WIT members

We welcome Ellen Milne from SY-RF to the WIT Outreach team. Toguether with Hannah Short, she will coordinate upcoming WIT Outreach activities. Check our WIT Outreach web pages to know more about upcoming events and existing outreach material.


We also welcome Cinzia Pinzoni from EP-AGS who will join the WIT Mentoring Committee.



WIT Mentoring 2021 - https://indico.cern.ch/event/1003951/

Join us on 26th February at 13h for an informative meeting on the new WIT Mentoring exercise 2021. Please, register in Indico to receive the Zoom connection details.



Fellowship positions

Within CERN’s Education, Communications and Outreach Group ECO. Application deadline: 15 March 2021 at Noon (12.00 PM CEST)


L'ORÉAL-UNESCO National and Regional Programs for Women in Science - https://www.forwomeninscience.com/map/

Check the existing national programs for more information (France, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, Levant, Middle East, Baltics, Sub-saharan africa). In particular for France:


Jeunes Talents France L'Oréal-UNESCO Pour les Femmes et la Science - https://www.forwomeninscience.com/challenge/show/2

En 2021, la Fondation L’Oréal remettra 35 dotations en France. Au minimum, 5 de ces dotations seront dédiées à des chercheuses effectuant leurs travaux de recherche dans les Outre-mer.

  • d’un montant de 15 000 € chacune à des doctorantes,
  • d’un montant de 20 000 € chacune à des post-doctorantes.

La date limite de dépôt des dossiers de candidature est le vendredi 19 mars 2021.

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