by Colleen Riggle
This is my final official post with this group. It’s been a fun three years of writing and I’m honored to have been a part of this blog from the start and seeing how it’s grown. This is my final post since I’m heading back to school for my doctorate and will have ample opportunities to writing over the course of the program. However, throughout the process of applying to graduate school I’ve been keenly aware of how technology has been guiding the process.
First, in taking the GRE it was quite the endevour. I had a very bad experience with the testing center the first time I was supposed to take the test and trying to find an actual person to speak with was quite challenging. It made me appreciate the times when I am able to talk with an actual person in customer support. And when I was actually able to take the exam, I’m pretty sure that was the most focus I’d been on a computer for that length of time – definitely different then just surfing Google mindlessly.
Second, applying to graduate school. It was was all computer based, not on paper. That probably makes me seem old, or just how fast technology has changed the way we do things and process information. However, my letters of recommendation had to be in hard copy form (odd) so buying stamps to send those request was quite fun. There were certain documents that went in one package to the school, and other documents that went to the specific department. I remember sitting in my adviser’s office and waiting for the “phone call” where we could call in my classes for the next term #smallschoolbonus. When registering this time, it was like fort knox logging in to the system and clicking through the various tables and forms.
However, I’m registered for classes starting May 20th! I’m actually going to live in a residence hall for one week while taking one class this summer.
But the bright side of technology is that I can purchase Kindle versions of my book – and be able to fit in schoolwork where ever I am on campus, in the car, or at home!
So with that, this is my final post! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this writing, blogger community!
By Brenda Bethman
Technically, this post is not really about technology (although Sandberg does work at Facebook) — but it is about women, which is the other focus of this blog. And it’s cheating a bit as it’s a cross-post from my personal blog, but it’s April and I’m sick, so it will have to do. Enjoy!! And join us tomorrow and May 14 on Twitter to talk about the book.
If you’ve been conscious and tuned in to the media at all over the last 6 weeks or so, you have probably heard that Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, wrote a book that people are talking about (just a bit). You may also have heard that there is a fair amount of disagreement in feminist circles about Sandberg’s book and whether it’s helpful or harmful to women.
We at #femlead decided these were questions worth pursuing — so the next two #femlead chats (4/30 and 5/14) were be dedicated to a discussion of Lean In as well as the discussion around it. The chats will be facilitated by me and the fabulous Liana Silva. We hope you can join us and below are some links in case you want to do some pre-reading.
Joan C. Williams and Rachel W. Dempsey, “The Rise of Executive Feminism” in HBR
Anne Marie Slaughter’s review in the NYT
“Lean In and One Percent Feminism” in Truthout
“Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning In?” in Dissent
Jill Filipovic, “Sheryl Sandberg is More of a Feminist Crusader..” in The Guardian
Catherine Rottenberg “Hijacking Feminism” on AlJazeera
Jessica Bennett, “I Leaned In: Why Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Circles’ Actually Help,” in New York Magazine
“On Lean-ing In” at Racialicious
“The Feminist Mystique” in The Economist
Joan Walsh, “Trashing Sheryl Sandberg” at Slate
“Questioning Sheryl Sandberg: We’re Not “Trashing,” We’re Exploring” at The Broad Side
Tressie McMillan Cottom “Lean In Litmus Test: Is This For Women Who Can Cry At Work?”
Elsa Walsh, “Why Women Should Embrace a ‘Good Enough’ Life” in the Washington Post
Originally published at http://brendabethman.com/2013/04/22/lean-in-with-femlead/
By Jennifer Keegin
Admiral Hopper, was not only one of the first female programmers, but also the first woman to graduate from Yale with a Ph.D in mathematics AND the first woman to reach the rank of Admiral in the U.S. Navy.
If you follow me at all, you know I dig retro women in tech, so please indulge me today.
In addition to inventing the first computer complier in 1952, Admiral Hopper developed COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language), was credited with popularizing the term “bug” and “debugging” – reportedly when she had to remove a moth from the inside of a computer, was instrumental in the creation of FLOW-MATIC language for the UNIVAC I and UNIVAC II computers and was quoted as saying “It is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.”