Women In Technology - Friday Links - 9th April 2021


Happy Friday!

How are you all doing? This week we read a bit about the Matilda Effect and some more news from around the world.
Happy reading!

The Matilda Effect

  • The Matilda effect is a bias against acknowledging the achievements of those women scientists whose work is attributed to their male colleagues.
    It was first described in 1852 by suffragist and abolitionist Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826–98) who was only 26 years old at the time.
    In her essay published in 1870, she described case after case in which the contributions of women in the sciences had been forgotten or usurped by the nearest male.
    The term "Matilda effect" was coined in 1993 by science historian Margaret W. Rossiter.
  • Examples?
    Nettie Stevens, an American geneticist who discovered sex chromosomes.
    Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered the first radio pulsar but did not receive the Nobel Prize.
    Lise Meitner, who had worked with Otto Hahn and had laid the theoretical foundations for nuclear fission.
  • Concluding with a personal view on the matter from Ben A. Barres, a  transgendered person.

All around the world

  • πŸ‡±πŸ‡§ πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬ A different prospective: Where Women Scientists Are the Majority
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡³ This week was International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: let's check out this amazing bike video!
  • πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡· A chair was missing
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊWomen TechEU”, a brand new initiative, spearheaded by the European Innovation Council, to support women in tech
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ First exciting results of g-2 from Fermilab

Take part

  • What should I do if I witness sexual harassment?
    Discuss on our Discourse channel!
  • Thematic CERN School of Computing
    What? An online school about "Scientific Software for Heterogeneous Architectures"
    When? June 14-18, 2021
    More details, and the application form, can be found at https://indico.cern.ch/e/tCSC-spring-2021
  • “Basic-CAS Course”
    What? CERN Accelerator School with main subject "Introduction to Accelerator physics and Technologies"
    When? from 04 to 20 May 2021
    Website and registration form

We wish you a nice weekend,


on behalf of WIT steering committee

About the Women in Technology (WIT) Community: The aim of this community is to provide an environment in which women are not in the minority when interacting with technology. Our objectives are: to encourage women to play the role of expert; to provide a supportive learning environment; and to build a network between the Women in Technology here at CERN. WIT welcomes members from all genders and all technical fields. Visit cern.ch/wit

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