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  To say women of color are underrepresented in science and tech fields is a gross understatement. Black women fill just three percent of computing jobs in the U.S. And according to a recent study, despite expressing interest in STEM fields in higher numbers, black women are less likely than their white counterparts to obtain degrees in those fields. Read More
I think the first time I really played with coding was on Neopets. I was about 12 years old and I didn’t know it was called “code” - just that it was HTML and it made the wallpapers of my personal pages look sweet as hell. Then I moved on to bigger and better things (aka wasting my life away on Facebook) and forgot all about my days of messing around with the cool layout of the internet.   When I first heard about Girls Who Code, I was totally impressed by how involved girls were getting in the tech world and all of the amazingly intense stuff they were turning out. Read More
Today, June 6th, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a victorious Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France that marked the near end of The Second World War. This part of history is a permanent aspect of the average American high school education; usually, this portion of the lesson plan entails a serious discussion about the evils of Nazi Germany and American valor.  However, what we do not learn about, are the thousands of young British women who contributed to the war's end by breaking the encoded German signals being sent between Nazi generals. Read More
  Victoria Seimer, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer, posts her stunning work on tumblr under the name Wichoria. All of her work is phenomenal, but her weekly series entitled, “Human Error” is what first caught my eye. In this digital day and age, everyone is familiar with the layout of computer pop-ups, such as error messages and repeated reminders, which is partly what makes this series so powerful. Read More
Quick: name a famous inventor. Is it a man? Women continue to fight hard to gain recognition as inventors. Scientific fields and patenting usually favor the dudes, but women created a lot of things that make our modern lives easy and efficient. We were inspired by Mental Floss's list of inventions by ladies and wanted to share them (and add a few), so take a look at twenty five items to be thankful for, and give these women a big round of applause!    1. The First Computer Grace Hopper, with the help of colleague Howard Aiken, constructed the first computer in 1944. Read More
  DEFCON is a tech conference held annually in Las Vegas that allows thousands of hackers to learn about the latest ways to crack into any and all types of online security systems. Sounds fun, right? But over the past few years, many women who’ve attended DEFCON have reported that they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. Along with the typical techy stuff, a large part of the convention consists of recreational events for the hackers, like hacking contests, DJ sets, and parties with tons of booze, where much of the harassment takes place. Read More
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