In June, Google revealed that its next innovation needs to be a way to promote gender equity: women hold only 17 percent of the company’s technology positions. According to Google, the statistics were released with the hopes of recruiting and developing “the world’s most talented and diverse people.”
Photo: Dr. Josephine Baker, an accomplished early 20th century scientist who lived with female partners all her life.
Coming out in any workplace can be a daunting task. With all the recent discussion around the lack of women in science, I got interested in investigating the experiences of queer women in science. So in the spirit of National Coming Out Day this month, I interviewed ten queer professionals and students working across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields about how they decided to come out or stay in the closet at work.
• Marvel is running a contest based on Thor's Jane Foster: they give high school girls the tools to find and interview professional women in STEM industries, then offer a prize for the best video about the girls' love of science, career hopes, and experience talking to their new mentor. [The Mary Sue]
• Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Iowa for quietly banning the largest telemedicine abortion program in the country, a service that primarily serves low-income and rural women who can't make an in-office visit. [ThinkProgress]
• The NYC Girls Project aims to show young girls that their value comes from "their character, skills, and attributes – not appearance." [NYT]
• The Canadian iPhone app store is no longer using the word "redskin." As Native Appropriations reports, search results for a "Washington Redskins" app returns "Washington R*****ns." [Native Appropriations]
• ABC Family is developing a new horror series with genre veteran Jamie Lee Curtis. "Titled The Final Girls, the drama revolves around a group of girls who have, in essence, survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman (Curtis) to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good." [Deadline]
• According to the new Census data, women with full-time, year-round jobs are paid an average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men with full-time, year-round jobs – a gap that hasn't gotten any smaller in the last 11 years. The racial disparities of the wage gap persist unchanged, too: African American women are paid an average 69 cents for every dollar paid to all men, and 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Latinas are paid just 58 cents for every dollar paid to all men, and a mere 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. [HuffPost]
The summer between sixth and seventh grade was a long one. I was super gawky—already six feet tall, equally passionate about science and musical theater, with pants that never quite reached the ground—and I spent most of my days on the sofa, wolfing down episodes of The X-Files.
Today, the show celebrates the 20th anniversary of the day its first episode hit the air. As a tween, I couldn't have asked for a better role model than Agent Dana Scully.
How are we wired? This episode talks with tech expert Ashe Dryden about why tech industries lose out when they're boys clubs,Code for America fellow Serena Wales talks about grassroots programming, and the mothers behind Stealing Time magazine andGenderMom discuss whether gendered behaviors are hardwired in kids.