gender in technology


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If you crack open a beer this Fourth of July, history might not be the first thing on your mind. But for Theresa McCulla, the first brewing historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the story of beer is the story of America.

“If you want to talk about the history of immigration in America, or urbanization or the expansion of transportation networks, really any subject that you want to explore, you can talk about it through beer,” McCulla says.

Since taking the job earlier this year, she has combed through the Smithsonian’s archives and pulled out treasures that show beer’s part in American history — whether that has to do with advertising, technology, gender roles or even popular entertainment.

Pointing to some sheet music in the collection for a song called “Budweiser Is a Friend of Mine,” she explains that the tune premiered on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Follies in 1907.

“The lyrics of the song tell the story of a man who goes out drinking in a bar and sings about how he prefers his Budweiser to his wife, because his beer does not talk back to him,” McCulla says. “But the song concludes with his wife pouring him a schooner of Budweiser at home so he does not need to drink elsewhere.”

How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Photos: Underwood Archives/Getty Images; National Museum of American History, Archives Center

What the Ilvermorny Houses study in college

Thunderbird: Biology, Ethnic Studies, International Relations, Music, Global Studies, Archeology, Photography

Pukwudgie: Nursing, Non-Profit Management, Peace/Conflict Studies, Social Science, Human Resources, Psychiatry, Social Work

Wampus: Journalism, Political Science, Gender Studies, Military Technologies, Strategic Intelligence, Physics, Athletic Training

Horned Serpent: Chemistry, Education, Philosophy, Mathematics, Classical and Ancient Studies, Medicine, Astrophysics


Starting from the very beginning: a lot of profs like to give you some space to decide on your own topic. That’s great! But what if all you’re drawing is a massive fucking blank? Try these:

  • Try putting together two subjects and find the intersection of them. Basically play matching games with different subjects until you find an interesting thing that has to do with both. Mix and match war history, political history, intellectual history, history of technology, gender history, history of religion, and any others you think of until you find some gold.
  • Always keep in mind what the sources allow. Given literacy rates, destruction of sources over time, and what people bothered to write down or didn’t, what can you squeeze from the primary sources of your era? On the flip side, maybe there’s a really cool primary source – book, letter, law, piece of art, whatever – that you’d love to base an essay off of.

Before you even sit your ass in the chair to start writing anything, you’ll already have spent five hours (approximately) working on the project. This is research time, and it (more than any clever turn of phrase or use of the thesaurus or midnight write-a-thon) is what’s gonna make your essay work.

  • Go to the library. Yes, the physical library with bits of pressed-up tree. In disciplines like history especially, you can’t rely solely on e-book and e-journal evidence. You gotta get in there and smell the lovely old paper. Libraries also have lots of resources to help you, including subject librarians who know their stuff and can help you figure out where to go for research.
  • Research should go from the general to the specific. If you have a wide topic, read some basic grounding stuff then delve into the specificity of what’s gonna be in your essay.
  • Be fucking critical about it. Everyone’s afraid of fake news now, but there’s also fake old news. Did the writer lack certain information? What are they trying to persuade you of? Who are they? When was the book written and what was the historiography of the topic like at that time? Are the writer’s sources good? His credentials? Was this source written as propaganda?
  • Primary. Sources. Get stuff from the actual time period and remember to read and analyse carefully. What can you squeeze from it? What meanings did it have in the context of its time, and not ours?

First Paragraph: an introduction. This must include a general summary of what you’re talking about. Think of the 5 Ws (especially, what topic? When/what period?). But mostly, this paragraph must abso-fucking-lutely include a thesis statement: a single sentence which sums up the argument which the essay supports. Think of it as the TL;DR of the essay.

Middle Paragraphs: sources, arguments and analysis. Remember that the whole of the essay must come back to that TL;DR (thesis). Each of these paragraphs must be relatively self-contained; it may build off of others but it is its own paragraph because it is a separate idea.

  • Get creative as to the order of these paragraphs. Proceed logically by chronology, subjects that flow into each other, by geographical grouping… whatever makes sense for your topic and keeps your arguments well-organized.
  • How long is a paragraph? Well, how long is a rope? As long as it needs to be. Take as much time as you need but don’t repeat yourself.

Conclusion: the conclusion is also a TL;DR, in a way. It’ll restate the thesis and add any last thoughts that you really fucking want your reader to remember.

The most common complaints that profs will give include the following. You’ll thank me for this later.

  • I’ve seen so many students from other disciplines get fucked over in history courses because they forget to talk about change over time or to mention what’s particular to the time period instead of talking in a broad way. For example, if you’re writing about the status of women in Upper Canada, don’t mix examples from 1850 and 1950; choose a manageable time spread and go with it. Change over time is the essence of history.
  • Lack of a thesis. Remember how I said that the thesis is what the essay is all supposed to support? Just to restate, the thesis is literally the whole fucking point. Make sure that yours isn’t trivial (aka already really obvious) or vague. Also make sure to know the difference between a topic and a thesis: a topic is the general subject the essay is about, and the thesis is a very specific argument the essay makes.
    • For example, a topic statement could be: “the essay will discuss the Puritan view on sexuality”. A thesis statement could be: “Although Puritan has been used as a byword for prudishness and repression, the positive Puritan view of sexuality within marriage and the erotic language used to discuss the Church’s relationship with God demonstrate a nuanced social role for sexuality within the Puritan community, in which proper sexual behaviour was defined by a theology of marriage.” One of these things lets you know that Puritans sometimes fucked and had thoughts about it; the other makes a novel(-ish) argument about the Puritan view on sexuality. See the difference?
  • Avoid present-ism. We have a lot of assumptions about how the world is and should be based on when we live, just as much as where we live or who we are. History is not some sort of march towards the glorious present or future and shouldn’t be treated that way.
  • Using long words or repeating yourself in order to impress/pad the length/whatever the fuck you think you’re doing is very transparent. Don’t bother.

As a woman, I feel like I’m being torn apart. Yes, I like art, and I think it’s super important for people to be able to pursue their passions outside of STEM, but on the other hand…

As a woman who loves science when I shouldn’t, because I’m a fragile girl with a brain that can’t possibly understand science, I feel it’s so important to push push push the sciences…

Trans Snape Week: Day Seven, Book Seven

“You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon….”

Albus Dumbledore, Chapter 33

My Father’s Jack

A non-binary Snape playlist.

Beauty and the Beast (David Bowie)

Something in the night,
something in the day.
Nothing is wrong, but, darling,
something’s in the way.

Miniature Disasters (K.T. Tunstall)

And I’ll find out the answers
when I know what to ask,
but I speak a different language
and everybody’s talkin’ too fast.

Shame (P.J. Harvey)

I’d jump for you into the fire,
I’d jump for you into the flame.
Tried to go forward with my life –
I just feel shame, shame, shame.

Time (David Bowie)

You are not a victim.
You just scream with boredom.
You are not evicting time.

The Stranger (Billy Joel)

Well we all have a face
that we hide away forever,
and we take them out and show ourselves
when everyone has gone.

Sunny Goodge Street (Judy Collins)

“My, my,” they sigh.
“My, my,” they sigh.

It’s Raining (Peter, Paul and Mary)

Won’t be my father’s Jack.
No, I won’t be my mother’s Jill.

Nowadays (Chicago)

And that’s good, isn’t it grand, isn’t it great,
isn’t it swell, isn’t it fun, isn’t it…?
But nothing stays.
Revealed: Google tried to block media coverage of gender discrimination case
Company tried to dismiss a lawsuit filed by US labor department, claiming that a government attorney may have violated ethics rules in speaking to the Guardian
By Sam Levin

Court documents reveal that Google unsuccessfully argued that a judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Labor (DoL), claiming that a government attorney may have violated ethics rules by doing an interview with the Guardian on 7 April.

The DoL has accused Google of systematically underpaying women, and the court battle centers on the company’s refusal to hand over salary data the government has requested.

The motion for a dismissal – which a judge rejected, in part citing the first amendment – sheds light on Google’s aggressive efforts to end the case at a time when the tech industry is facing increasing criticisms over sexist workplace cultures, gender discrimination and widespread pay disparities. Critics said it appeared that Google was attempting to limit media scrutiny with unusual tactics that raise free press concerns and seem to contradict the corporation’s public claims that it is committed to transparency and accountability in its efforts to promote equal pay.

Google also attempted to restrict press access during a hearing last month. Following a private meeting with the judge about the Guardian’s reporting, Google’s attorney requested that the proceeding be closed to the media before continuing, but a DoL attorney objected and the judge sided with the government.

There are 2 cognitive biases that (partly) explain why girls fall behind in STEM

Men dominate women in jobs related to technology, engineering, and math — at a ratio of roughly four to one.

But psychologists now understand that this may happen (in part) because boys are often pushed toward these fields when girls are not. This systemic behavior occurs in the classroom and beyond. 

Read more.

soulmate au thoughts:

- love the idea of a kid born in the late 40s whose tattoo says “just use that bathroom, gender binary is a social construct”, and nobody has any fucking idea what it means till a few years before the person meets their soulmate in like the 60s/70s
- person who’s born pre invention of the dvd or something and has “hey i saw that dvd first!” and spends their whole childhood like ???
- the classic book/movie spoiler issue
- what about “omg they’ve shot him! did you see? president Kennedy is dead!” like What Do You Do?? history altering stuff guys
- exam note tattoo? “did you know that in 1837…” - son ur gonna have to cover that up before we let you into your history exam
- “un café au lait s'il vous plaît” sHit it’s in french??? guess i better learn french and also move to france and get a waitressing job i guess?? like. self fulfilling soulmate tattoos? only met because of the tattoo tattoos??
- “please don’t call the police…” ….
- so many possibilities guys
- soultmate aus are my marmalade

As historically new possibilities for gender self-perception and expression emerge, as states reevaluate and sometime alter their practices of administering gender, as biomedical technologies blur customary boundaries between men and women and transform our mode of reproduction, as bodies and environments collapse into one another across newly technologized refigurations of subjects and objects, transgender studies appears an increasingly vital way of making sense of the world we live in and of the directions in which contemporary changes are trending.
—  Susan Stryker and Paisley Currah, Introduction to TSQ 1.1-2 (5)
Women in Science and Engineering Reading List

Alice Through the Microscope: The Power of Science Over Women’s Lives (Brighton Women and Science Group) 1980

Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Etzkowitz) 2000

Athena Meets Prometheus: Gender, Science And Technology—a Selected Bibliography (Eldredge) 1988

Between Monsters, Goddesses, and Cyborgs: Feminist Confrontations with Science, Medicine, and Cyberspace (Lykke) 1996

Biology and Feminism: A Dynamic Interaction (Rosser) 1992

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (Shiva) 1997

Biopolitics: A Feminist and Ecological Reader on Biotechnology (Shiva) 1995

Bodies of Technology: Women’s Involvement with Reproductive Medicine (Saetnan) 2000

Bridging the Gender Gap in Engineering and Science: The Challenge of Institutional  

Transformation (Intel) 1995

Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules the Wired World? (Millar) 1998

Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique, and Creativity (Hawthorne) 1999

A Dark Science: Women, Sexuality, and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century (Masson) 1986

The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (Merchant) 1980

Doing in the Hard Way: Investigations of Gender and Technology (Hacker) 1990

Female-Friendly Science: Applying Women’s Studies Methods and Theories to Attract Students (Rosser) 1990

Feminism Confronts Technology (Wajcman) 1991

Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine (Creager) 2001

Feminism Within the Science and Health Care Professions: Overcoming Resistance (Rosser)

Feminist Approaches to Science (Bleier) 1986

Feminist Frontiers II: Rethinking Sex, Gender and Society (Richardson) 1989

Gender and Technology: A Reader (Lerman) 2003

Gender and Technology: Empowering Women, Engendering Development (Everts) 1998

Hypatia’s Heritage: A History of Women in Science from Antiquity Through the 19th Century

 (Alic) 1985

Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology (Spanier) 1995

Journeys of Women in Science and Engineering: No Universal Constants (Ambrose) 1997

Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology (Rothschild) 1983

Men’s Ideas/Women’s Realities: Popular Science 1970-1915 (Newman) 1985

The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Schiebinger) 1989

More than Munitions: Women, Work and the Engineering Industries, 1900-1950 (Wightman)

The Outer Circle: Women in the Scientific Community (Zuckerman) 1992

The Politics of Women’s Biology (Hubbard) 1990

Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science

Re-Engineering Female Friendly Science (Rosser) 1997

Reflections on Gender and Science (Keller) 1985

The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and the Struggle to Succeed (Rosser)

The Science Question in Feminism (Harding) 1986

Scientific-Technological Change and the role of Women in Development (D’Onofrio-Flores)

Sex and Scientific Inquiry (Harding) 1987

Sexism and Science (Reed) 1978

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (Haraway) 1991

Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine (Morantz-Sanchez) 2000

Teaching Science and Health from a Feminist Perspective: A Practical Guide (Rosser) 1986

Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979 (Abir-Am) 1987

Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women’s Lives (Harding) 1991

Woman in Science (Mozans) 1974

The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career (Yentsch) 1992

The Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Ph.D. In Engineering and Science (Lazarus) 2001

Women in Engineering: Gender, Power, and Workplace Culture (McIlwee) 1992

Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation) 1986

Women in Science and Engineering, Spring 2005 (Wise) 2005

Women in Science and Engineering: Choices for Success (Selby) 1999

Women in Science: Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century (Ogilvie) 1986

Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes (Xie) 2003

Women in Science: Portraits from a World in Transition (Gornick) 1984

Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940 (Rossiter) 1982

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In an attempt to show that they want women involved in science, tech, engineering and math, IBM invited them to #hackahairdryer on twitter. 

Except, they didn’t quite anticipate the clap back they would get from the women of twitter who know their potential in STEM jobs goes beyond products associated with beauty and haircare stereotypes.