What Happened to the Computer Girls? 

Believe it or not, in the 1960’s, programming was seen as women’s work. It was even touted as being “just like planning a dinner”.

So what happened?

Eventually male programmers wanted to raise their status above “women’s work”. So they actively discouraged women from these positions, designed hiring tests rigged for men, and even created the stereotype that programmers are disinterested in people. No wonder in the years since, it’s still a male dominated field. Women earned only 18% of the computer science degrees awarded in 2008-2011. 

Alright ladies, we need to bust this myth. It’s been too long. Find organizations like Scientista or Sally Ride Science that help encourage women and girls in STEM interests. Find mentors and connect with other women interested in STEM. 

Great audioclip collection of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Each one tells of one woman’s choices and career path in her own words.

Explore the website further and you will find many resources. It is called 
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ON THE AIR! and is by WAMC Northeast Pubic Radio. It is supported by the National Science Foundation and built to be fully accessible.

Sometimes we wander into a career by NON-choices.
Wouldn’t it be good to learn how to consciously make those important choices?

New group supports Barnard STEM majors

Amanda Brodsky, BC ’15 and a psychology major, decided to start the Barnard chapter to help women who are STEM majors meet one another and get career advice.

By Abigail Golden, Spectator Staff Writer
Published January 31, 2013

The Scientista Foundation, a national organization designed to provide career support for women planning to go into science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, is coming to Barnard.

Amanda Brodsky, BC ’15 and a psychology major, decided to start the Barnard chapter to help women who are STEM majors meet one another and get career advice. Though the group already has a board of eight students, it is still in the process of adding members and gaining recognition from the Barnard Student Government Association.

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zaychik replied to your post: If the teacher pops a test I know I’m in a…

I assume he slinks to the floorboards and then relies on his Silent Snake-like training to guide him steathily from the room when he realizes that he has not completed his assignment. Honestly, why didn’t he ditch the class like a normal person?

Oh, I had no doubt that the slouching could be achieved easily, but yeah, ditching would have the same effect really…

scientista answered your question: If the teacher pops a test I know I’m in a…

She’ll know that you’re there. Teachers aren’t dumb.

Let’s not forget that this is most likely an overworked educator of the early 90’s with an oversized class, it’s conceivable that a teacher could overlook a student in a severe slouch.

But we’re still missing the big issue here, people! If the student isn’t in class, either because he ditched, or he’s got a mean slouch going on, what’s the master plan here? Homework’s due today, you’re not here. You just expect to show up tomorrow and hand it in like nothing happened? I don’t think that’s going to happen. Where the hell were you yesterday? Oh? Slouching? Well that doesn’t count. No marks.

Pretty much any animal medical researchers test is male. So too are the tissues they use to conduct tests. Despite the loads of research demonstrating important biological differences between how…

The science is in on science. While this doesn’t directly relate to what we discussed in class thus far, it’s an interesting read about the inherent gender inequality in something as neutral as science. Give it a quick read if you can. The gist of it: using androgynous animals in experiments yields results with gender biases. Many drugs have effects that are different for men and women due to the chemical make up of the sexes, and it’s important that we (scientists, and consumers, alike) start taking this into consideration! The same has been suggested for using white, or albino, lab rats, in which the effect of melanin isn’t known. This obviously presents a problem for anyone relying on medicine that isn’t a white male. Of course, I don’t mean to imply that this is in anyway malicious intent. It does however, illustrate the deep-rooted gender, and race, bias in today’s world.