by Rebecca Pahle | 5:00 pm, February 26th, 2014
Six video game couples that have stuck with me over the years, each representing a different sort of love.
What's with the name?
by Rebecca Pahle | 5:00 pm, February 26th, 2014
by Becky Chambers | 11:30 am, February 23rd, 2014
For the unaware, Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space, the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek (TNG season 6, ep. 24, if you’re interested), and one of the top names on my Living People I’d Like To Have A Beer With list. Earlier this month, she appeared at the Makers Conference to talk about 100 Year Starship, an incredible project that aims to make interstellar travel possible within the next century. In this short clip, she discusses how we can’t tackle such a monumental challenge “with just half the population.” We couldn’t agree more, Dr. Jemison.READ MORE
by Janelle Asselin | 1:00 pm, January 5th, 2014
Model Lyndsey Scott has a shocking, amazing secret – she also enjoys coding and majored in computer science! She’s even developed her own apps all while modeling for brands like Gucci and Victoria’s Secret. Who knew having ladyparts and being pretty wouldn’t keep you from enjoying coding?! We’re all stunned. I know you are too.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 5:41 pm, November 27th, 2013
The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie delivers a thoughtful address on YouTubing about science as a woman. Got a favorite lady videoblogger who talks about science? Let us know in the comments!
by Susana Polo | 12:11 pm, November 21st, 2013
The Dance Your PhD Competition challenges grad students in STEM to explain the technical details in their projects not in laymans terms, but in interpretive dance. The grand prize is $1k, and a trip to a screening of their winning video at Stanford University. Here’s Ambalika Khadria’s winning entry in the field of Chemistry (a trick she developed to observe the behavior of proteins), but you can see the rest of the winners at io9.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 10:56 am, October 10th, 2013
I’ll admit, the first thing that springs to my mind when people mention organized Wikipedia edits is Wikipedia vandalism, perhaps because it’s just a bit more exciting than the alternative. That is, getting a bunch of people together with viable sources and references and collaborating on expanding or creating Wikipedia entries on subjects that are often overlooked by the core community of Wikipedia editors.
That’s what Maia Weinstock and Anne Fausto-Sterling do every October 15th: they organize an edit-a-thon to improve the encyclopedia’s coverage of female scientists. And it’s that time of year again.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 5:04 pm, October 9th, 2013
by Susana Polo | 11:42 am, May 21st, 2013
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor the United States can award, created to recognize “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” In a ceremony yesterday, President Obama announced that he will be posthumously awarding the Medal to Sally Ride, the third woman, and first American woman, in space.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 12:07 pm, April 18th, 2013
Our ultimate goal is to create a STEM-aligned video game badge for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Creating this badge will get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry. — Amy Allison, vice president at Women in Games International.
The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Women in Games International are teaming up to develop requirements for a game developer badge for scouts. The Boy Scouts introduced their badge earlier this year, but the Girl Scouts version seeks to specifically focus on video game development rather than a more general focus on games of all kinds.
(via Ars Technica, image is of the Boy Scouts’ Game Design merit badge.)READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 12:12 pm, April 5th, 2013
Borderhouse has a revelatory post up containing a number of graphs from Game Developer Magazine detailing salary breakdowns over experience in the industry and gender, revealing some extreme disparities between the compensation men and women receive for working the same kinds of jobs in the video games industry. According to these statistics, women generally paid between 20% and 30% less than their male counterparts, with a few outliers of 8.3% and a whopping 65%. Only in one field, programming, do women make slightly more than men: programmers, at 4.5% more.
Borderhouse makes the good point that some of these numbers may result from the lack of women in the industry: many of those who are in may have come to it recently, and therefore have less seniority and commensurately less compensation, a relationship not highlighted by GDM. I’ve highlighted QA testers here because the job’s notorious reputation for having high turnover and poor working conditions make it more likely to be exempt from such an explanation, but this is definitely a pattern that’s worth more research. You can see all the numbers here.