Being back from maternity leave entails adapting to new things at work. One I was very happy to learn about is the reframing of the focus of our Gender Equality Group at the department: from now on, it will be the Equal Opportunities Group. In Sweden, this is the usual term to refer not only … Continue reading From gender equality to equal opportunities
After some time on maternity leave, now I'm (partially) back to work. Interestingly enough, I find that having a baby has only increased my productivity (and decreased my sleep!) significantly. I'll have to agree with those who claim that being a parent translates to project management experience. And it's one I'm loving! That being said, … Continue reading Back to work
A while ago I wrote about my being diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It is sadly common to have a relapse, where you go back to having one or both diagnoses. So it is highly recommended to keep track of your emotional state and, at any sign of depression or similar symptoms, act on them. I … Continue reading Let Women be Angry
In my work environment we have frequent discussions about gender and computing, and what it means to advocate for women in technology. We use words and expressions like "feminist" or "strong woman", perhaps assuming that we all have a similar definition in mind. How do we, as a society, represent in our heads these terms? … Continue reading Feminists and strong women. A picture is worth a thousand words… Or not.
The efforts to attract more girls and young women to computing are skyrocketing lately. Governments and universities are developing and starting to implement policies and action plans to increase the recruitment and retention of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In the US, #CSforAll aims to bring computing to not only girls but … Continue reading Equality at a faculty level: an intersectional approach
For about 10 years, I have been having nightmares almost every night. For the last 2 years, I have been on medication for depression and anxiety. But my sharing this news didn’t happen until recently. The stigma around depression, and the lack of energy that comes with the illness, prevented me from bringing up the … Continue reading The Silence of Depression
If you are interested in gender equality in computing, you may have heard of the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This event is held yearly in the US, gathering women - and some men - not only from all over the US but also from many other countries. The original first edition, in 1994, had 500 … Continue reading Celebrating Women in Computing in Your Region