Steve Jobs is an icon of late capitalism. A parallel, equal feminine icon is impossible. No matter how sleek her products, the hypothetical Stephanie Jobs could not and would not occupy the same place in our culture as her brother. It is not that there are no female entrepreneurs or CEO’s, no brilliant women who can package a product as well as any man, but rather, that Jobs is the projection of an idea that remains hyper-masculine, a rags to riches American myth for our era. Along with beautifully designed computers and phones, Jobs sold himself as tech hero, master of a new revolutionary culture of connectivity that is still coded as male not female.
Marissa Mayer, the technology executive who has worked at Google since the search company's earliest days, has been appointed CEO of Yahoo. The company has confirmed the appointment in a press release, which is embedded in full below.
Computer Weekly is pleased to announced our first ever list of the most influential women in UK IT.
Our aim was to focus on the role of women in IT, to recognise the most influential role models and discuss the vital part that female IT leaders will take in making a difference to the future of the UK's high-tech economy.
The winners were announced at a special event yesterday in London, and selected by a judging panel of employers and IT leaders from across the industry and by our readers.
Industry employment surveys suggest that less than 18% of the UK IT workforce is female, and at senior IT leadership levels that falls below 10%. The 25 inspirational women who made it onto our list represent the role models that will be so important to the future diversity and success of the tech community.(Read more...)
In a New York Times op-ed piece, David Brooks addresses the problem of boys falling behind in school and suggests that the education system needs to change to accommodate students that don’t fit the cultural ideal.
Brooks points out that rambunctious boys are rebelling against an educational system that treats them like there is something wrong with them, resulting in low grades, obsession with violent video games, lower college enrollment, and vague ambitions that they don’t know how to fulfill.
“The education system has become culturally cohesive, rewarding and encouraging a certain sort of person: one who is nurturing, collaborative, disciplined, neat, studious, industrious and ambitious.”
Click to enlarge, or see the full graphic below.It’s not particularly easy being a woman in most countries; even in areas where women are presumably seen as equal to men, their pay is often lacking. But that’s just one part of the problem.
Girls and women out-perform in languages, so they should feel confident about tackling the boom language of the digital age. Is this pep talk needed? Yes, if you consider the sharp drop-off of women in computer science since 1985.
Facebook finally made the appointment it needed to change its shameful billionaire boys club to a slightly less shameful boys club, appointing COO Sheryl Sandberg to the board of directors Monday afternoon.
In 2009, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund commissioned a series of articles by science writer Marla Broadfoot to look at the landscape for women in the biomedical sciences. Broadfoot was given free range to explore the subject area, and the articles were published in the Fund’s FOCUS newsletter. The first article appeared in July 2009 and was circulated through social media. Given the popularity of the articles, it was decided to compile them in the hope that they would inspire more thought and discussion.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has long supported the careers of women scientists and continues to strive in its program areas to create a supportive environment. (Read more...)
Using gender as an advantage and the lack of great female role models in the tech world were some of the main topics touched upon at the Berlin Geekettes Summer Meetup on Monday evening. (Read more...)
anielle Fong was 12 years old when her mother decided she should go to college. Danielle’s teachers didn’t agree. Though an aptitude test put her above 99 percent of students who had already graduated from high school, her teachers said the move to college would ruin her education. But her mother sent her anyway. “Why would I conceivably put my child through six more years of that bullshit?” remembers Danielle’s mother, Trudy Fong, who was 15 when she herself went to college. “I didn’t bring my kid into the world to have her tortured — and be treated like dirt for being brilliant.”
Little more than a decade later — after graduating from Canada’s Dalhousie University and then dropping out of the Ph.D. program at the Princeton plasma physics lab when she decided academic research was as broken as grade school — Danielle Fong is the chief scientist and co-founder of a company called LightSail Energy. (Read more...)