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I’m A Woman In Tech, Here’s How I Think We Can Recruit More

May 24, 2017 by

By Danielle Merfeld - I get a kick out of the instant reactions some people have when I tell them what I do. It’s not exactly revolutionary that women can be technologists but often people betray a flicker of disbelief, an automatic response they can’t completely hide. I’m guilty too: I remember a hint of surprise when a man I was talking to told me he was a nurse. ... [Read More]

Dear Microsoft: Absolutely Not.

May 9, 2017 by

And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with ... [Read More]

The Disturbing Reason Teens Are Playing ‘13 Reasons Why’ on Snapchat

May 9, 2017 by

For several weeks, I’ve been planning to write a piece about “13 Reasons Why“, the viral Netflix series that has swept the country’s teens. The riveting series is based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and it tells the tragic story of Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who commits suicide and posthumously sends cassette tapes to 13 people whom she holds accountable for her decision to end her life. The ... [Read More]

Hidden Figures of “Computer Science For All”

May 2, 2017 by

By Ruthe Farmer - You might have noticed computer science and “coding” have become the cause du jour. Celebrities and athletes, governors and mayors, tech icons, and media giants have come out in support of reinvigorating K-12 computer science education in US schools. Coding is now a commonly known term and in January 2016, building on ... [Read More]

Celebrating National Poetry Month With A Tribute To Women Poets Of The Past

April 6, 2017 by

By Joanna C. Migdal - Inspired by Women’s History Month, and in celebration of the 21st Anniversary of National Poetry Month, I composed this cento (also known as a collage poem) in tribute to women poets of the past. In this form of poetry, lines are "lifted" from other sources and "woven" together ... [Read More]

What We Tell Our Daughters About Body Hair

March 13, 2017 by

By Lauren Apfel - I learned to deal with unwanted body hair at my mother’s knee. I am dark and she is dark and this was part of my education in being a girl. I would sit on a low stool in her bathroom, which was big and blue-tiled, and watch as she depilated in one way or another. I was acquainted with the tools of the trade early—bleach for the face and arms, tweezers for the eyebrows, ... [Read More]

“Ladies, Just Try The Damn Box Jumps! Please.”… A Powerful Metaphor About Endeavoring In Life

March 4, 2017 by

By Samira Salman - In my workout class last week, the circuit included depth jumps. This involves jumping up onto a series of sequentially higher boxes, ending with the last box, which is 32” high. The instructor’s disclaimer: “if you don’t feel comfortable with any of the boxes, ... [Read More]

Shamila Kohestani: Empowering Young Women Through Sports In Afghanistan And Around The World

February 24, 2017 by

By Pary Shuaib - From practicing martial arts to climbing soaring mountains, Afghan women are finding creative ways to break barriers in sports, but before we could conquer hilltops, we had to find our way to fields and gyms. This week, I had ... [Read More]

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