Tag Archives: women

My summer “off”

Laura/ June 12, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

Every teacher and professor I know gets so annoyed with people who comment about how nice it is to have our summers off.  Yes, we aren’t obligated to trek into work every day at a certain time and stay until a certain time.  But there’s still work to be done.  I do love the different pacing and choices over how

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Yes, Lean In

Laura/ April 10, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

All the criticism that’s been directed at Sheryl Sandberg and her new book, Lean In, is totally unwarranted.  Everyone in my blog audience, men and women, should read it.  I don’t know Sandberg personally, of course, and I’m sure there are criticisms to be made on her leadership style or some other aspect of her work life.  But it’s crazy

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My students rock

Laura/ April 3, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 5 comments

As I was leaving my CS II class today, I thought again about how great that class is. I have so much fun with them. We do a lot of programming, but sometimes we talk about random things. Once we talked about how women’s schools get less money because men control the budget in most households so charitable giving goes

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The Dongle Incident

Laura/ April 2, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So, there was yet another incident involving a woman at a tech conference enduring unpleasant comments that were insensitive. Sexist, some say. Crude, very likely, if indeed the word dongle was used in the way most of us are assuming it was. I’ve read many, many articles and blog posts about the incident. And just scrolling down to the comments

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Leaning out

Laura/ March 11, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 5 comments

The Internet is abuzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s book and initiative Lean In. Critics are saying that her approach is unrealistic and supporters are saying that she’s right, women do need to step up more. I wonder if Sandberg has ever taken a Gender Studies class. If she has, then she would understand that all the leaning in in the world

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Pronouns and abstract nouns matter

Laura/ November 22, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

I’ve been reading and watching tv a lot over the last couple of days. Here are some things I’ve noticed: people who work at Google are guys people who work in Silicon Valley have beards the tech people behind the Obama campaign digital strategy are smart guys when traveling, you need your moisture wicking briefs Do you see a pattern?

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Programming for girls

Laura/ September 4, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

The number of programs geared just for women or girls seems to be increasing rapidly. Almost every day, it seems, I read about a camp or a class just for the female gender. I have nothing against these programs. I teach in an all girls’ school. I think there’s value in single sex education. But I wonder if they are

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How to do things differently

Laura/ April 3, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

Mr. Geeky’s response to my last post about women and coding with, “Okay, so what do you do differently?”  I didn’t have an immediate answer, and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m working on having more answers.  Here are some brief but immediate ideas, based solely on my own experience and a tiny bit of reading. 1.

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Women and Coding

Laura/ March 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 7 comments

I’ve been meaning to write for a while now, but I’m on break, and I basically refuse to use my brain.  Actually, there’s more to it than that, which I’ll get to in a minute. Over the break, I ran into a couple of articles about Digital Humanities and coding, both by women.  They both address issues with exhorting women

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Top Secret Rosies and Middle School

Laura/ March 4, 2011/ Uncategorized/ 8 comments

On Wednesday, I went to see the film, Top Secret Rosies and participate in a Q & A with the director afterwards. The film is well worth seeing for anyone interested in the beginnings of computing and especially for those interested in women in math and computing.   During the Q & A, someone asked about getting women/girls interested in CS

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