annaholmes:

Latest Washington Post column: The underrepresentation of women in science and technology. The piece had to be cut significantly for space; I’ll be posting a longer version here on Tumblr later today. (Image of girl scientist Janie Gibbs from ‘Harriet the Spy’. Illustration by author Louise Fitzhugh.)

@AnnaHolmes on the dearth of women in science & tech - as a somewhat tech/digital-centic father of a 6 year old daughter, this is so #frustrating and #sad. 


According to a report released last month by the Department of Commerce, although females fill almost half of the jobs in the American economy, less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields are held by women. Even worse, female representation in the computer science and math sector — the largest of the four STEM components — has declined over the years, from 30 percent in 2000 to 27 in 2009.

annaholmes:

Latest Washington Post column: The underrepresentation of women in science and technology. The piece had to be cut significantly for space; I’ll be posting a longer version here on Tumblr later today. (Image of girl scientist Janie Gibbs from ‘Harriet the Spy’. Illustration by author Louise Fitzhugh.)

@AnnaHolmes on the dearth of women in science & tech - as a somewhat tech/digital-centic father of a 6 year old daughter, this is so #frustrating and #sad. 

According to a report released last month by the Department of Commerce, although females fill almost half of the jobs in the American economy, less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields are held by women. Even worse, female representation in the computer science and math sector — the largest of the four STEM components — has declined over the years, from 30 percent in 2000 to 27 in 2009.

23.09.11

It’s Not Gender Warfare…It’s Math.

via annaholmes:

(A shorter version of this piece appears in today’s Washington Post. Photo of Google executive and engineer Marisa Mayer via. Headline via.)

Let’s say I was designing a new piece of software to make my life as a writer a little easier. First, I’d program it count how many characters I’d typed out and in what amount of time, in order to document my productivity on any given day. Then I’d ask it to compare words, phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs from one draft to the next, in order to calculate how much of what I’d written had changed…or stayed the same.

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23.09.11