Feminism | Posted by Alice V on 11/13/2015

Overlooked, Underutilized and Unappreciated: Women in Tech

Women in tech routinely face discrimination and it has to stop.

Jane, a woman who specializes in modeling and texturing of props and assets for video games and film, was hired as an intern while still in school to do 3D environment for a VR (virtual reality) project. She started work the same day as another male intern and they worked on the same project. He focused on characters and she worked on environments. Jane had more experience than her male colleague and put in the same amount of work, yet he was promoted twice in one week whereas she received no recognition.

After her colleague received his third promotion and she was left to languish, Jane realized that she was being unfairly overlooked and underutilized. Soon after, the studio …

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Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 10/21/2015

What Other Industries Can Learn From Hollywood About Fighting Workplace Inequality

Meryl Streep

The phrase “sexism is prevalent in Hollywood” feels a little bit like saying “water is wet.” Headlines abound about this unfortunate reality and industry insiders themselves are speaking out more than ever before. In fact, their outspokenness may be making all the difference.

Take, for example, one of the most lauded stars of our time: Meryl Streep. The legend has long been an advocate for women in her industry and continued this legacy while promoting her new film Suffragette. Streep recently pointed out the barriers female filmmakers face at the Telluride Film Festival. “They do exist, they graduate [from top film schools], they’re good — and then they don’t get hired,” she said.

Actress Anne Hathaway, who is now 32, has spoken out about the sexism actresses face, …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 10/16/2015

This Is What Happens When A Leading University Lets Misogyny Persist

Geoff Marcy

College is a place where all students should feel empowered to discover their passions and prepare for their future careers. The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) was the place where I hoped to do just that, so I was ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to begin my freshman year there this Fall.

As the number one public university in the country, UC Berkeley boasts faculty members who have won many prestigious awards, including three fields medals and four Pulitzer Prizes. One such renowned faculty member is Geoff Marcy, who the Washington Post calls “one of the biggest names in astronomy” for his pioneering work to find exoplanets, some of which could potentially host life.

A university investigation also found that Marcy violated the college’s sexual …

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Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 08/10/2015

Why We Need To Be Careful About Emphasizing Women’s Progress in STEM

Intel / YouTube

Intel / YouTube

I saw it in middle school, and later in high school: If the girls in my class didn’t excel in science, no body was surprised, since girls are never expected to excel in the subject. But if they received a low grade on a paper in English or History, they faced far harsher backlash than did any male student who had also done poorly.

This double standard — that girls will excel in the humanities, and boys in the sciences — has roots in an antiquated past and has ramifications for the future. In my experience in the United States, values in schools and in families still largely align with the Colonial or Victorian idea — adopted from European court and estate cultures – that girls should …

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Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 03/9/2015

Being A Young Woman on the Robotics Team

I love math and science and I don’t think I’d be who I am now without it. While I may not know how to code or have taken AP Physics, I appreciate these fields immensely. However, there have been instances where I know that my intersections of identity have shaped my experiences doing what I love.

This has become very clear since I joined my school’s robotics team this year. I am in the minority in terms of gender and race on this team: I’m one of only four girls (out of twelve people total) and am West Indian. Both of these identities have made this experience challenging.

For example, when I’d talk to people about taking both Algebra and Geometry during my freshman year so I would be in

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Feminism | Posted by Pippa B on 10/20/2014

Egg Freezing: Is This Silicon Valley Perk Really Empowering?

Last week, it was announced that Silicon Valley tech giants Facebook and Apple are offering coverage of egg freezing as part of female employees’ health benefits. A huge step, news outlets cried, towards equality for women in a heavily male-dominated industry. But is encouraging women to postpone having children really in the best interest of women?

To Facebook and Apple’s credit, each company offers a suite of benefits for women looking to start a family, ranging from coverage of fertility treatments to daycare. These benefits, in addition to free gourmet meals, lavish vacations, and sometimes even free housing, have been branded as a “War of Perks” through which tech companies entice prospective employees to join their team. There is a major difference, however, between free beer and frozen eggs …

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Feminism | Posted by Pippa B on 06/16/2014

There Are No Good Female Developers

Have you heard? There are no good female web developers. This was news to me, and just about everyone else in the room, at the InteractATX Founder’s Panel organized and sponsored by Sequoia Capital at SXSW this past March.

When asked how they felt about being in a group of all men, the panelists evaded the question, citing tight calendars, logistical issues, and a lack of women Founders outside of the fashion and beauty spaces. Michael Heyward, Co-Founder and CEO of secret sharing app Whisper, took it a step further, claiming that the  almost complete absence of women on the panel as well as on his team (at the time of the panel) was due to a lack of competent women in tech overall. This came as a shock to …

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Feminism | Posted by Pippa B on 05/28/2014

Why Does ‘Success’ For Women Still Ignore Tech?

I recently had the chance to attend two events meant to inspire my burgeoning professional career: Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” event and the Bloomberg Enterprise Tech Summit. However, I felt that both events’ presentations of the meaning of success left a lot to be desired.

At the Glamour “Top Ten College Women” event, each finalist was briefly described, called up on stage, and presented with a framed certificate before being ushered off stage to make room for a panel entitled “How to Get Your Dream Job in 2014: Secrets of Success from Women who Know.” Every few minutes during the panel, the girls I was with and I would look at each other and chuckle. Yes, the women participating were all wonderfully successful, but …

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