Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day. Ada’s not only the namesake of this site, but she’s also (way more importantly) the first person to write a programming language. On paper. Called the “Analytical Engine,” Ada and her colleagues mapped out the earliest version of what one day became a computer.
Ada Lovelace Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
speech has private social consequences, and it’s ridiculous to expect otherwise. Whether sincere or motivated by poseur edginess, controversial words have social consequences. Those social consequences are inseparable from the free speech and free association rights of the people imposing them. It is flatly irrational to suggest that I should be able to act like a dick without being treated like a dick by my fellow citizens.
Perhaps it is unfair to visit the sins of the medium upon a work as well made as this one. But not after an E3 during which Microsoft held a public relations event that featured 13 exclusive games and zero female protagonists for its forthcoming Xbox One; not after an E3 in which almost no women spoke during either Microsoft’s or Sony’s preconference spectacles; not after an E3 in which the two women who did appear onstage for Microsoft were alternately received with wolf whistles and told, while losing during a demonstration of a fighting game, “Just let it happen; it’ll be over soon.” A sickness resides at the heart of this promising, potentially transformative medium.
Astronaut Anna Fisher
And I am not advising younger women (or any woman) to tough it out. You can lash back, which I have done too often and which has rarely served me well. You can quit and look for other jobs, which is sometimes a very good idea. But the prejudice will follow you. What will save you is tacking into the love of the work, into the desire that brought you there in the first place. This creates a suspension of time, opens a spacious room of your own in which you can walk around and consider your response. Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity.
I recently received an email from an anonymous fan sharing how she pulled a Hawkeye Initiative themed prank on her CEO to illustrate a problem with some artwork.
My personal compliments to her and her accomplice on a mission well done; they perfectly took the concept of The Hawkeye Initiative one…
"The conference that figures out how to get more men talking to women and women talking to men, in an environment and atmosphere of creativity and openness, is going to be the conference that will attract the most interesting people. The brands that spend the most time in these environments are also going to be the ones that win.“
If somebody has talent and good people skills and drive, I think you can stretch them and put them in a job that they’re not quite ready for, so they grow into it. That’s what people did for me, so I’m a big believer in doing that and taking young people and stretching them.
—“When I Hire You, I’m Hiring Your Mentor’s Judgement” - NYTimes’ The Corner Office series (via briannegarcia)
If you’re interviewing people for your job, and you haven’t interviewed a woman, don’t hire until you’ve at least interviewed one woman. And if your recruiter can’t get you resumes that are diverse, find another recruiter,
Sarah Allen, computer programmer and founder of Blazing Cloud, challenges those who argue that it is difficult to find female programmers.
Allen runs free workshops on Ruby on Rails for women, offering the trainings on weekends and providing childcare. She has worked to create an environment where women feel welcome and notes, “Every single workshop we’ve ever held has had a waiting list.”
Read more about Allen’s programming career and her work to diversify the field: Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers : All Tech Considered : NPR. This is part of NPR’s special series The Changing Lives of Women.
Looking for more workshops? Check out Code With Me, a coding workshop which was co-founded by female programmer Sisi Wei.
"When I talk to people about why women and minorities are underrepresented in VC-backed startups, I hear this all the time: Investors are looking for entrepreneurs who look like Mark Zuckerberg”
Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field. Most notably, she led the team — as the lone female programmer — that created Flash video, the dominant technology for streaming video on the Web. Since only about 20 percent of all programmers are women, her experience isn’t uncommon, and now she’s trying to bring more women into the field.
Loving this great NPR series. More here