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As an administrator, researcher, and educator, my focus is to remove barriers and create opportunities for all students to excel both academically and professionally. My broad research interest is Feminist Epistemology, specifically how knowledge is shaped, transmitted, and acquired through teaching and learning.

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T Lisa Berry

Is there such a thing as feminist technology?

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Shivani Rekha Guptam, a Program Associate for Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), poses the question -- "Is there such as thing as feminist technology?"

Shivani Rekha Gupta is a Program Associate for Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT). A feminist at heart, Shivani graduated in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College and obtained her Masters in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. AT FAT, she handles research and advocacy apart from interacting with girls from the community and introducing them to several ideas on feminism, love, and sexuality.

T Lisa Berry

Fashion and Technology -- good or bad for feminists?

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Fashion and Technology unite to Empower Women
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The “Unleash your Creativity Through Technology” Tour brought a multitude of women from diverse fields of study to discuss their issues with current gender inequity and how to progress towards higher education for women."

 

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Lean Out?

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"Women in tech are the canary in the coal mine. Normally when the canary in the coal mine starts dying you know the environment is toxic and you should get the hell out. Instead, the tech industry is looking at the canary, wondering why it can't breathe, saying 'Lean in, canary. Lean in!' When one canary dies they get a new one because getting more canaries is how you fix the lack of canaries, right? Except the problem is that there isn't enough oxygen in the coal mine, not that there are too few canaries."

...read more about this essay by Cecilia D'Anastasio

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MIT News reports: "Group dynamics of teamwork and internships deter many women in the profession"

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...the article goes on to report the findings from a research report co-authored by Susan Silbey (Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology at MIT).  

Guess what:  "It turns out gender makes a big difference" and "Informal interactions with peers and everyday sexism in teams and internships are particularly salient building blocks of [gender] segregation."

Check out the full story here:  MIT News

MIT News

 

 

 

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Gender Gap in Computing Continues to Widen

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In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women.  Today it's 18%. 

According to Reshma Saujani, Girls who Code founder, by 2020, as many as 1.4 million jobs will be available in computing-related fields; women are on track to fill only 3% of these high-tech jobs. 

Read Cindy Hoang's story of the challenges of battling the tech gender line. 

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Women need to be men or "genderless" to break the tech glass ceiling?

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"In a column in the Wall Street Journal, John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners outlined his belief that women will get more opportunities in tech if they “create an online presence that obscures their gender.” Bizarrely equating hiring practices in tech to blind orchestra auditions, Greathouse suggested that women do things like only use their first initial and eliminate photos on both Twitter and LinkedIn. Rather than call on tech companies to overcome the unconscious bias that can too easily be baked into hiring practices, Greathouse thinks women should solve the problem themselves by hiding who they really are."

Thoughts?  Read more about this Bad Advice from a Male VC

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Gender, Technology, and Development

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Gender, Technology and Development is an international, multi-disciplinary, refereed journal serving as a forum for exploring the linkages among changing gender relations, technological change and developing societies. The journal's main focus is on the shifting boundaries and meanings of gender, technology and development, addressing transnational phenomena and engaging in dialogues that cut across geographical boundaries.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics 

Call for Papers

 

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Broadening Participation in Computer Science...Congrats to Dr. Colleen Lewis

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Dr. Colleen Lewis, recipient of the Denice Emerging Leader ABIE Award and faculty member in the department of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd college specializes in computer science education.  Read more about her contributions to broadening partcipation in computer science here.  Congratulations, Dr. Lewis!

 

 

 

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30% is not enough.

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Gendered attitudes: it’s what you do, not what you say. AKA – why I stopped cooking and cleaning

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Hillary Paul Halpern and Maureen Perry-Jenkins explore gender roles in the May 2016 issue of Sex Roles.  Parents' gender ideology and gendered behavior as predictors of children's gender-role attitutes:  A longitudinal exploration.