2014-04-15

Today:

  1. Pecha Kuchas (Brittany and Rebecca)
  2. Movie Woman Art Revolution / return presentation feedback
  3. Class evaluation forms

Before today, you should have…

Started wikipedia page or expand a page. Instructions from our in-class ppt in a pdf uploaded here: http://joelledietrick.com/teaching/history_art_tech/ppt/wikipedia-directions.pdf
Post link to your female new media in response to this post.

A few more instructions (have been asked about how extensive to make):

  1. I personally would collaborate with two other people on a page.
  2. See Barbara Kruger as an example. For this class, I would expect the page to have at least the intro paragraph, an infobox and artwork with at least three sources. If collaborating with someone else, they could complete 3 more paragraphs (i.e. books on the artist, exhibitions, and awards). All additions need cited.

Also respond to our readings on the gender gap in tech with the usual quote, comment, question, link structure.

Here’s the readings (the first one is actually a podcast and so good!):

   How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap.” Narr. Wendy Kaufman. All Things Considered.  NPR. Natl. Public Radio. Web. 01 May 2013.
   Rüst, Annina. “Feminist Internet Software.” Tracing New/Media/Feminisms. New York: New Media Caucus. 2013.

Watch

   Tech Feminist pioneers, like Laurie Anderson, Joan Jonas, Martha Rosler, Lynn Hershman,  Cheryl Donnegan (3:01), Annina Rüst, Wack, Blyth Hazen, Helen Mayer Harrison, Jennifer Hall, Monika Fleischmann, Char Davies, Rebeca Méndez, Diana Thater, Jennifer Steinkamp, MoMA on Modern Women

More about this coming Thursday’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Strozier:

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32 Comments on “2014-04-15”

  1. Post One: “How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap”

    “Computer science is building our world right now, and it should just be inherently obvious to everyone that that’s a fantastic place to work and to be.”

    “…technology companies say they want more women because diverse teams often do a better job of solving problems and creating things.”

    I thought these two quotes were among the strongest statements made during Wendy Kaufman’s podcast. “All Things Considered” contains a lot of statistics within the first couple of minutes that really surprised me. I had no idea that only 18% of computer science graduates were women. I thought for sure the number would be much higher; that’s why I was so pleased to hear later in the podcast that 40% of Harvey Mudd College computer science majors are women. My only question is, if the second quote listed above is true, then why are women so often discouraged from pursuing careers in science in the first place?

    http://discov-her.com/en

    Post Two: “Feminist Internet Software”

    “The lack of women in today’s tech production spaces is explained by…essentially two sets of explanations. One set of researchers finds that women are simply not interested in technology … Other researchers spend more time interviewing both men and women who work in tech occupations. The scientists conducting these studies ask questions about the environment and find that adverse cultures within technology fields keep women out and discourage those who stay.”

    This quote from Annina Rüst’s “Feminist Internet Software” ties back to Kaufman’s podcast in that it addresses the issue of women’s discouragement from pursuing careers in science.
    Rüst describes the decline of women in the “programmer workforce,” detailing how computer programming transitioned from every day “women’s work” to overlooked workplace sexism fueled by things like the TWSS chat bot. It disturbs me greatly that Jessamyn Smith had to create talkbackbot in order to bring attention to the TWSS chat bot, since the initial requests from her and others in her company to take it down were “not taken seriously.” I felt that Smith’s consequential demonization by co-workers and also by well-known Internet and news commenters for the creation of talkbackbot was completely bigoted and unfair. Had it not been for talkbackbot, I’m sure the TWSS chat bot would have eventually triggered a much bigger problem than its mere presence. So then why was Smith labelled as a ‘troublemaker’ for bringing inescapable attention to the TWSS chat bot, causing its shutdown, and doing what was clearly the right thing to do?

    http://geekfeminism.org/2012/03/19/what-she-really-said-fighting-sexist-jokes-the-geeky-way/

  2. gracefoley167 says:

    1.) “Klawe isn’t concerned about filling quotas or being nice to women. Rather, she’s deeply troubled that half the population is grossly underrepresented in this all-important field. “

    I found it really interesting that Marie Klawe was so bothered by the opinion of there “being no good women mathematicians” that she decided to actually do something about it. In 2005 she was the Dean of the Engineering School at Princeton, and then took a job offer to become the President of Harvey Mudd College.

    One of the students stated, “The first class you take is a weed-out class, and they are shocked by the fact they don’t get any women at the end. But the only people at the end are the people who have been in computer camp since they were 5.”

    Klawe’s solution to this was to create an introductory class that caters to the level of experience. Students with experience have a class, and students who “never went to computer camp” have their own class.

    Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, stated, “Harvey Mudd is an example of what I consider a model for the future,”

    I was shocked by some of the female students comments that they had been told by many adult figures that computer science was a male-dominated field.

    One student stated on the subject, “If you fail, it’s not just you. It is you as like a sacrificial lamb for your whole gender.”

    I question if more and more professional fields will follow the same model of intermixing males and females with the mindset of diverse teams being more successful at solving problems and creating things.

    2.) “There is a gender gap in places where technology is created and sooner or later many of us who work in technology start wondering why there are so few women in technology.”

    This article by Annina Rüst delves into the same topic of women in the computer field.

    She states that there are two explanations for the lack of women in the field”

    Reason One: Women are simply not interested

    Reason Two: Men gifted in mathematics choose to go into the computer field, while women with the same talent choose to go into fields like medicine, biological studies, humanities, and social sciences.

    Annina, like Klawe, wants to make a difference in the male dominated field. While Klawe does this through education, Annina does it through research.

    Her project, called “Be Counted’, collects data on gender diversity in technology environments and uses this data to contribute to GRRs (Gender Ratio Reports).

    I question if society will take this new data with a grain of salt, or if we will recognize the problem and join in on the effort to change it.

  3. Lauren Schwec says:

    How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap

    “If he can do it, I can do it….computer science is building out world right now.”

    18% is very low. I am not shocked however, recently at work I spoke of a college whom accepted a job with IBM starting after graduation. The reaction was along the lines of–though very complementary of her skill, intelligence, and ability–wow I can’t see Her in that atmosphere. She is a very beautiful, tall blonde. They were not being mean or rude it’s was simply the first thing that came into all of our minds because of the lack of women in the Computer Science field.

    The podcast speaks of schools/companies interested in promoting women in this field of work. Carnegie Mellon is just one example of this: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/society/2014/winter/white-house-workshop.shtml

    Harvard is hoping to “get more women at the technology table” as well:
    http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~harvardwomenincs/

    not to mention many smaller schools.

  4. Stefani Furstenberg says:

    “Computer science is building our world right now…”

    Computer science is an increasingly growing field. The percent of those graduating with this degree AND are women is only around 8%. I’ve heard many times that this type of degree is directed more towards males. I’ve heard that women wouldn’t be able to handle such a complicated, intense job. My dad is currently the head of a computer science company. He always wanted me to go into the computer science career. He has been working during the past few years to increase the number of women they have on their team. This was the first time I heard of something like this. In conflicts like this, many people argue the issue of gender, and throw out terms such as sexist if a man is hired instead of a women. This is a complete different situation. Gender should have nothing to do with who graduates with what degree and who gets hired. If a woman has the skills for a job, she should be hired. If not, then it shouldn’t start an uproar when she doesn’t get the job. Just as they have in art, women have to fight their way to respect in the computer science field. They have to prove themselves capable, or else the idea of them being incapable will continue to stand.

    https://www.stanford.edu/group/wics/cgi-bin/wordpress/
    Standford University created WiCS to help promote women in computer science and the issues they have to face.

    Does the lack of women in computer science mostly deal with the troubles they find in reaching the field? Or is it possible that there is a lack of women in the field due to a lack of interest in the field by women? In other words, how many women are currently trying to enter the computer science field?

  5. Never mind, Takeshi Murata is not a woman.
    designer/ sculptor/ installation artist: Jane Rainwater
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_rainwater

  6. bmp10efsu says:

    “Explaining the lack of women as based on the culture that keeps women out would threaten the idea of individual autonomy, a concept that is important within the community.”

    The article really kind of surprised me about the chat bot. I think in a company and work environment a bot that responds to employees with sexual intended jokes it is not right. It is a work area and women even men should not have to put up with the jokes if they make them the employees uncomfortable. Jessamyn Smith is an example of a women who is standing up for herself and other coworkers, she is a prime example of a women and artist working hard to close the “gender gap.” Some of the studies in the article shocked me. This quote shows why women also don’t want to get involved in the first place, “women take enormous personal risks when speaking up and making projects about sexism in the tech workplace.” The fact that speaking up is a personal risk is unfair to women, making the gender gap grow.

    Will there ever be a gender gap in this area where man are below women?

    http://www.art-finance.com/AA_2013_Dec.pdf

  7. Nicole Kurish says:

    Adrian Van Allen

  8. Couldn’t find any sources for Jane Rainwater!!!!! :(
    next attempt: Joan Heemskerk
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Joan_Heemskerk

  9. Stefani Furstenberg says:

    Ana Carvalho
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Ana_Carvalho_(Artist)
    [Collaboration with Karla Galvan & Maria Ollivella]

  10. Karla Galvan says:

    “…technology companies say they want more women because diverse teams often do a better job of solving problems and creating things.”

    Kaufman’s podcast “All Things Remembered” had some interesting statistics that surprised me. I feel that computer science is growing in popularity and think its great that the percentage of female graduates at Harvey Mudd has increased. I feel that more places will soon begin to create more diverse teams. Makes me question how successful or not this will be.

    “There is a gender gap in places where technology is created and sooner or later many of us who work in technology start wondering why there are so few women in technology.”

    Both the podcast and the article explore what role women have in technology. I don’t see why more women are not in technology. Is it because of how society views women or are women just not interested?

  11. Maria Olivella says:

    1. “If you are a woman in technology, it is likely that you will, at some point in your career, give a talk about women in technology.”

    2. I feel like this is kind of like one of those, “Challenge accepted,” sort of things. I’ve never really liked the idea of feminism. I sort of feel like that accepting the idea of feminism is letting the people who have expectations of women win. I don’t particularly care if someone doesn’t think I can do something because of my gender, because I’ll readily admit that sometimes that’s the case. Sometimes it’s just me. In the end, I’ll know the answer to why I couldn’t do something, and as long as I know, that’s enough for me. I don’t really care if someone wants to blame it on my gender. It won’t stop me from trying someone if I want to try it. I think sometimes women demand more respect than they need. Most of the time people put women down for something, it’s not gender discrimination, it’s just stupidity. They can keep on being stupid; their loss. I think it’s just unfortunate that some women let it get them down, or make it their business to change people’s minds by doing something OTHER than just doing great things. Why right long winded essays on the subject when you could just go out and do something amazing? I guess I’m a firmer believed in actions.

    3. Is gender discrimination a driving force for women in the art world? Is it worth the time and effort?

    4. Didn’t even know this was a thing: http://www.nmwa.org/

    5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Seiko_Mikami (collaborating with Stephanie and Karla, though we haven’t nailed down a subject yet)

  12. Meredith Brooks studio art major focusing in Text & Media says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Collins_(artist)

    this is the page i will be expanding on and editing for my wikipedia assignment

    “If he can do it, I can do it….computer science is building our world right now.”

    i found this quote incredibly interesting because it is something i live by in my college career. as i learn and struggle and grow i feel that this is an important concept to keep in mind, that if it can be done it will be.

    i was also shocked and concerned to hear that many people say that technology is a male dominated field. This was a field originally mastered by a woman, thus is shocks me that women are the minority in the field, something i feel needs to be changed.

  13. Amanda Wasserman says:

    1. Riding a skateboard around Harvey Mudd College and promoting science and engineering education for women, Maria Klawe is a really cool woman. Computer Science is an amazing thing to learn and it should be fun. 40 percent of the computer science majors at Mudd are women, in comparison to average 18 percent, so they have definitely got the right idea.

    “If you can make computer science interesting to women, empower them so they believe they can succeed, and then show them how their work can make a difference in the world, ‘that’s almost enough to change everything.’”

    Mudd is taking a step in the right direction and I hope other schools will follow suit.

    2. I was immediately interested in this article when Annina Rust declared that she would “give an overview of how scientists explain the gender imbalance in places where technology is created.” We all know that this gap exists, but the facts behind it are sparse. I refuse to believe that women are “simply not interested in technology,” but it is understandable that in studies women valued “people contact” more in their work, thus it makes sense that they would choose jobs involving verbal skills and biological sciences over jobs involving tools and machines. The idea that discrimination within technology fields discourages women also makes a lot of sense. I took an IT class last semester and I was one of four girls in a class of over 30 students, in no way did I feel discouraged by this imbalance, but rather it was kind of empowering to be the small minority for a change.

    After reading the two articles, I’d like to think that the lack of women in technology is reflective of society’s view that “men do it better” rather than our genetic makeup. Does Mudd have the correct formula to interest women and halt discrimination, or will women continue to simply be more interested in jobs reliant on human interaction over machinery?

    3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Roxanne_Wolanczyk

  14. Brooke Huseby says:

    “Computer science is building our world right now.”

    This is a totally accurate comment on our rapidly growing society, because at this point, we’re run by technology, and technology is run by computer science. We’ve already advanced everyday objects and interactions to the simplest non-technical forms that are possible, by bringing technology into play, everything has infinite potential. The fact that something that’s ‘running our world’ lacks a great deal of the female population is a bit scary, and the gap should be bridged. Why is it that females are generally turned off to the idea of working in such a progressive field (aside from the male dominance aspect)?

  15. cac10d says:

    I began a page on Ana Carvalho without realizing someone else in our class had already begun. Wikipedia told me that it was up for grabs. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Ana_Carvalho_(Visual_Artist)&oldid=604259177

    • jdietrick says:

      That’s ok. Let’s see on Thursday with Strozier Library help how we can best merge them. Just leave as is for now. We’ll add more cited sources then. Thanks for getting it started!

  16. cac10d says:

    “The acknowledgement that there are gender differences in practice sits uncomfortably and is often perceived as divisive in itself, as we have seen.”

    I was extremely interested to read that the majority of men often were unaware of the gender disparity while the majority of women reported being asked out on dates and being less likely to receive positive feedback to performance at work.

    Pointing out the issue should not be seen as being a part of the problem or as a divisive maneuver. If the issue isn’t addressed, how are we to resolve it and get more females to feel comfortable in a field that is predominantly male?

    GoldieBlox is a recent start-up (they became the first-ever small business to advertise during the Super Bowl this year) which encourages a curiosity for engineering and physics in young girls through toys that require assembly and thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVCC83cDch0

  17. jpw10d says:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susana_Mendes_Silva

    2. “The first class you take is a weed-out class, and they are shocked by the fact they don’t get any women at the end. But the only people at the end are the people who have been in computer camp since they were 5.”

    This quote illustrates the issue of the Computer Science Gender Gap from someone who has experienced it firsthand. Simple issues such as classes like these perpetuate the problem while remaining unnoticed as a threat by many. Harvey Mudd College’s push to give women an equal opportunity from their acceptance to graduation strives not only to help close this gender gap, but to bring awareness of the issue to people and institutions on a global spectrum.


    This video by Microsoft provides some additional insight onto the issue.

  18. meganlwilson says:

    “But do statistical differences between the sexes really tell the story of why women tend to avoid tech fields? And, what role does discrimination play?”
    I love how technology is being used to infiltrate traditionally segregated spaces to shed a light on the how accurate current data is regarding those spaces. Using apps that allow people involved directly in the tech culture to report their observations is an excellent way to gain more accurate insights. Social networking software allows for more open documentation regarding discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Although this app isn’t geared directly for people in tech fields, it was created as sort of a social networking watchdog app where people could log when/where harassment takes place in realtime.
    http://www.ihollaback.org/about/

  19. middl090 says:

    “teams comprising men and women produced the most frequently cited patents—with citation rates that were 26 to 42 percent higher than the norm for similar patents.” diversity and a diverse way of thinking is the default condition in the tech workplace.

    i enjoy Klawe determination. computer science is building our world she says and she thinks that because half the world is lacking women in this area why wouldn’t she approach this. She say an opportunity to make a difference. i think it was kind of cool that they designed assignments around a specific group of people in order to connect to them specifically women. 40% of the computer science students at MUD are women that is rare. I found that to be amazing. The simple fact that they came to a conclusion that diverse groups of people do a better job at solving problems goes to show that this needs to be done. I enjoyed the tone of the pod cast and the reading. As a male it almost impossible at times to put yourself into a women shoes and at times when topics of feminism arise it brings a negative ora around at least it has done that within all the discussion i have had. But in this article it was peaceful there was no negativity. Facts were stated and actions were taken place. i enjoyed the article and am shocked by the outcome that Klawe has made at this school its amazing how one person can start a reaction and that can then lead to change which i definitely agree is needed based upon the statistics of women within technology.

  20. I chose to do my wiki post on Calra Gannis. Wikipedia told me that my post was up for review… I am unsure if I did it correctly, but here is a link that hopefully works.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Clg10e/Carla_Gannis

    “The study shows in a remarkable way how perception of the problem differs depending on the gender of the person asked. In the survey, 75 percent of the women answered “yes” to the question, “Regarding the FLOSS community as a whole, have you ever observed discriminatory behaviour [sic] against women?” This stands in stark contrast to the replies of 78 percent of males who answered the same question with ‘no.'”

    Having previously taken a Gender and Communication course, I have studied discrimination towards women throughout history and specifically in the work place. When women wanted to join the work force and receive higher paying jobs, the men were reluctant to have women there, too. As a result the beauty myth was born, which had men creating a standard for women to meet to make them paranoid about their appearance and their place in society. So the quote above translates well with what I have learned and the perceptions of women in the workplace.

    How can our society breach this gap? Should it be implemented in schools at a young age? Should there be a new definition to the word ‘feminism’?

    http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/

    The link I posted is to a book I have read by Naomi Wolfe titled “The Beauty Myth”. The book covers feminism and the role of women in the workplace and how our society uses beauty images against women.

  21. ja10f says:

    “Computer science is building our world right now.”
    Right now our world is being run by technology. Businesses are trying to come up with more ways to incorporate technology into our lives in order to get them more involved with there company. Technology has so much more to grow in our world, and it’s just getting started.These days its so hard to live with out technology for even one day, i cant imagine what the world is going to become in just a couple of years.
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/the-shocking-scale-of-googles-grand-plan/story-fn5lic6c-1226838183958

    My article: Justine Hill
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_creation/Justine_Hill

  22. Stefani Furstenberg says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmelita_Little_Turtle
    Collaborators: Maria Ollivella & Karla Galvan

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