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
Sweden is often regarded as one of the paradises of gender equality. If you live in this country, it is not usual to find yourself explaining to those who are just visiting - or simply curious - one thing: that yes, Sweden does stand out for its successful efforts towards gender equality but… it is … Continue reading Working for gender equality in IT at a departamental level: the case of Uppsala University
Our latest session was titled "Increasing Diversity in BSD Projects" and it was part of EuroBSD 2016. This European conference gathers people from all projects related to the BSD based operating systems. Some of these people are hired by different organizations, some are volunteers. We had the chance to discuss with them diversity in their community … Continue reading What can men do? Inclusion in Open Source
Passion. That's one of the very first things that people from outside Spain may think of whenever they are asked to describe Spaniards. It was passion indeed that we saw and celebrated at the ACM-W Celebration in Spain, Informática Para Tod@s (Informatics for All). At the event, hosted on July 1 in the School of … Continue reading “Informatics for All”: First ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in Spain