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Creating Change » Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

We are changing the world for women and technology one woman at a time. The Anita Borg Institute:

  • Offers workshops, publications and information aimed to develop leadership skills
  • Celebrates and highlights the success of women who are changing the face of technology
  • Provides programs that change the way technology is created, learned and taught
  • Creates new communities to change the culture of technology
  • Enables our sponsors to recruit, retain and develop technical women resulting in higher levels of technology innovation and better financial performance

#feminismfail at #cua09 the Connecting Up Australia Conference. I loved the session with Jody Mahoney, the VP for Business Development of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Like Cheryl Kernot in the opening address discussing technology and society at large, Jody had all the facts and figures about women’s participation in technology.

But the thing that I HATE is that Jody was preaching to the converted. The audience at her session was the smallest I’d seen all Day One. 20 women and 1 man. I can add that I think 1 man was present rather than ZERO men because this was a conference about technology and social change. BUT WHY WASN’T THE ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE OF ALL GENDERS? Because this WAS a conference about technology and social change.
This was a support group for women in technology. I loved it. We need it. But for every support group there must be an equally effective group for social change. The onus is not on women to do all the changing. That is what I ardently disagree with the Anita Borg Institute on “We are changing the world for women and technology one woman at a time.”
We should be changing the world for people and technology one person at a time, recognising that women a minority group. I believe that if the workshop had been titled “Minorities and Technology” it would have been packed to the rafters. From now on in fact, I think I am not a feminist. I have become a refugee from the patriarchy. I am a gender role dissenter. I am an authentic ethnic technology minority. 
Let’s have another workshop on the topics covered in the Anita Borg 2009 research paper on“The Prevalence of Gender Stereotyping and Biases”only drop the word gender from the agenda and reflash with emotional decision making and modern neurological cognitive theory.

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Schick: Mow the Lawn – laugh till you die

Die of horror! Thanks to the Bloggess over at GoodMomBadMom for driving my morning to distraction with this absolute jewel of antifeminism @ironyfail

Gen Y women achieve equality #aprilfool

The problem with this excellent article by Adele Horin in SMH is simply that if you only read the first 3 paragraphs it all sounds WONDERFUL. What happens after that?

Well earnings decline, glass ceilings kick in and all the evidence points to women earning 60% of similar male earnings over their careers. We all know why. Children and men. Forget that women are finally outnumbering men in professional areas (in junior ways I’m sure).

My question is why are so few women achieving in technological and scientific areas. As Pia Waugh, australian geek girl, says in her interview with stilgherrian for Ada Lovelace Day,

“There is a stereotype there. Because people see the majority of people working with computers are men, they assume it’s masculine. But there’s actually nothing masculine about using a computer. It’s just typing away, it’s not like carrying bricks!”

Gen Y women earn their fair share

Adele Horin
April 1, 2009

THEY are the first generation of women to experience true wage equality. And so they should.

Women in their 20s and early 30s, Gen Y, have outsmarted the boys for years. More of them finished high school than boys, more of them enrolled in university, achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher, and more moved into the professions.

Their superior performance has achieved a first, says the managing director of AMP Financial Services, Craig Meller.

“Gen Y is the first generation where the wages of women are almost on a par with men.”

But the question is whether these young women, as they grow older and have children, will suffer the same fate as their mothers.

Women a generation older, Gen X (aged 34 to 48), are paid 3.5 per cent less than men for similar work hours in similar fields.

Despite the progress women have made in education and in the workforce over the past 20 years, a 25-year-old man is likely to earn $2.4 million in his lifetime while a 25-year-old woman will earn $1.4 million, says the report, by AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra.

A father with a bachelor degree or higher will earn $3.3 million over his working life, compared with $1.8 million for a similarly qualified mother, it says.

“While the gender divide has narrowed, particularly for Gen Y, the risk remains that as these women progress through their careers, particularly during their child-rearing years, they will still face the same dilemmas and glass ceiling as their baby-boomer mothers,” Mr Mellor said.

The report, She Works Hard For The Money, reveals that for the first time women outnumber men in professional occupations. The increase in women’s representation from 39 per cent in 1988 to 52.6 per cent in 2007 is very positive, said the study’s lead author, Rebecca Cassells.

Ms Cassells, a research fellow, said young women had benefited from the feminist movement. There were 80,000 more women than men studying for bachelor degrees in university, and more women than ever were employed in highly skilled jobs such as managers and administrators.

But as men and women headed towards the end of their careers, it was likely that men reached top positions while women bumped their head on the glass ceiling, she said. “It could be that women aren’t necessarily interested in these very demanding positions or it could be discrimination.”

Among the young, 18 per cent of Gen Y men have superannuation balances of between $25,000 and $100,000, compared with only 14 per cent of women.

Fire Story

I was about to finish a post about our little fire and escape, from a couple of weeks ago. I just couldn’t at the time because of all the real bushfire drama. UPDATE. Apparently company that can’t be named haven’t sent us a cheque. Just a non-disclosure agreement. WTF?

So, just when I thought it was safe to make light of fire. Ha Ha. The kids turn on TV and RSPCA Animal Rescue is all about saving animals from the Victorian bushfires.

I’m too upset. There’s nothing like watching people apologise for leaving their cat behind when they barely escaped the bushfires with their lives. And their children’s lives. And you know how many people didn’t.

ALDI – the aesthetics of frugality

I like ALDI today. That’s pretty changeable. I can LOATHE the place.

Today I went just after the school run. No crowds. I also now have a trolley token and don’t have to

  1. make unnecessary trip to other shop to get change
  2. curse a lot
  3. curse a lot more and attempt to carry 40kilos of shopping all the way home by hand

I also remembered to store some reuseable bags in the car AND get them out. Although I only took 2 with me because I only had 5 things on the shopping list. Will I never learn?

I’m hoping that when I get old I will learn how to come home from shopping with one small bag holding a half an apple, a twig and punnet of soap.

Now admittedly the trolley was deformed and qualified for disability access only they don’t have any, but damn! I felt good about the whole shopping experience.

So good I added a few boxes of organic tea and muesli… and then.. well when you’re going straight home after shopping you must SEIZE the opportunity to stock up on frozens.

Then the lovely vertical marketing, where one moment it’s just a squishy gel bike seat that you’re craving, then you’ve picked up matching handle bar covers, fingerless gloves, clip on carrypacks, luminescent stripes and a nifty little portable weatherproof bikeshed that can be fitted into a backpack and erected in minutes!

I felt positively European when I emerged. So efficient and well put together. I treated myself to some new chocolate ginger biscuits and felt even more virtuous when I sneered at the Speculaas. I am being healthy, in moderation!

I’ve got to enjoy this virtuosity while I can! It wears off when I run into the damn place at 3.15 or 7pm and they don’t have brown rice for my suddenly fussy family. Or wholemeal pasta. Or any bread left. And I queue for a quarter of an hour, while pushy people jump ahead of me because their life is just plain more important and they open another checkout that everyone behind me runs to, only I’m trapped with all my goods on the incredibly long travelator of despair.

Last woman who pissed me off at ALDI was Irish and slid in front of me saying “You don’t mind, do you?” When I said, “Yes, actually.” she turned her back on me and pretended she didn’t hear.

So, I upped the volume and repeated myself a couple of times till she turned back to me and huffed “You have no idea what’s going on in my life!” All I could say was “What makes you think that everyone else here has nothing going on in their lives? Have you checked?”

I did worry though. The one time I complained about the neighbours parking in our driveway – 10pm carrying 3 sleeping children a rather long way with a bad back. Well, someone had just died. ZING.

However, I cynically wonder if this one’s coasted through life smilingly saying “You don’t mind, do you?” while doing exactly as she pleases and ignoring any unpleasantries. How do you get such a thick skin? I don’t tan, I fry.

Then checkout cock slides my eggs off the end of the incredibly tiny packing space and everyone swears at me for misswiping my credit card which is in the exact opposite direction to Woolworths and Kmart and everywhere else. I have checked!

ALDI. Love it or loathe it.

Dr Who? Matt Smith who?

As Kat comments on the Times Online:

You know women, or people of colour can be Drs too. Perhaps the people at the BBC don’t know this.

The BBC’s response is clear.

My hopes are dashed. Again. I fear that the sexy young thinging of the Doctor is an irreversible decline of standards, however the more I read about Matt Smith, the more I think he has interesting acting chops. And I’m kind of getting used to the face.

I remember thinking that Peter Davison, the former youngest doctor ever, was a lot unbelievable but I got over it.. No, actually he still looks like a complete prat. And I also don’t think a time lord needs to look wizened and twisted. Let’s extend!

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)
2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)
5. Peter Davison – pictured (1982-1984)
6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)
7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
8. Paul McGann (1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
11. Matt Smith (2010 – ?)

Professor River Song for President!

AVOs – how to fix the broken system!

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!”

This is so depressing. Another woman killed after taking out an AVO. Melissa Cook took out an AVO. Her soon to be ex-husband shot her and then killed himself.

Last month the Herald revealed that at least 74 women and dozens of children die in Australia each year at the hands of violent men. Experts warn the real rates are even higher because of weaknesses in the way homicide data is collected.

Melissa’s death will not be counted in these figures. As her husband is dead, he will not be charged. That’s what is being counted here. How many men are charged. Not how many women and children are killed.

I’ve had some friends go through this recently and I was kind of involved in the recent campaigns against gender violence. It’s not my favorite issue to get bent about but it’s driving me crazy grumpy.

I have an idea. We should give everyone man, woman and child who applies for an AVO a mobile phone (or similar emergency beacon). Paint it bright yellow. Make the buttons big. Set it to contact emergency services only and the battery will last for about 3 months. They make pretty good location broadcasters too.

So, you ask for an AVO. While you’re waiting for stuff to happen, you have an emergency beacon. Any time you set it off, police respond in person. There may be false alarms. Of course there will be! But imagine the deterrent effect!

If everyone expects the emergency AVO to be answered, then there will be far fewer attempts to threaten and harm. If we as a society agree that it is valuable to take an AVO seriously enough to provide some sort of real protection, then we start to change. The need for protection will decrease.

This would be totally cheap to set up from a technology point of view. A mobile phone will do it. The manpower to respond is the tough one. The NSW police force is trying to cut down on overtime due to extreme budgetary constraints. I also hear that more than 70% of police time is spent in court or on paperwork.