J. Linabary

Notes on women, media and technology

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"Learn about the presence – or lack thereof – of women in technology, from dismal numbers to inspiring success stories and resources for supporting ambitious, tech-minded women." - via IT Manger Daily

"Learn about the presence – or lack thereof – of women in technology, from dismal numbers to inspiring success stories and resources for supporting ambitious, tech-minded women." - via IT Manger Daily

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It’s important to point out gender disparities, but repeated laments about the dearth of women in the industry tend to reinforce the belief that there are no women, rendering invisible the women who are doing this work. “The numbers are low, but they’re not zero,” says Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and chief executive of the Pipeline Fellowship, a program that trains women to become tech investors. “As much as we need to increase diversity, we need to increase visibility of current diversity.” The tech industry may have a problem with women, but women don’t have a problem with technology.
Tech women are busy building their own networks - The Washington Post (via annfriedman)

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…The ancient recipe for success in intellectual pursuits: locate chair, apply rear end to it; locate writing implement; use it.
A quote from Deirdre N. McCloskey (2000) in the book Economical Writing

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I never say to guys, “So are you still a lawyer?…A doctor?…A brain surgeon?” They would think I’m nuts if I did. But men who are annoyed by women’s success in business have to find a way to put them down. And what better way to insult someone than minimize what they do, imply that it’s really insignificant, and inquire if they’re still doing it? Are you still bungee jumping off your mother’s roof?? Having contests to see how many grapes you can squeeze into your mouth??
Danielle Steel on dudes asking her, "So, are you still writing?" (via jessicavalenti)

(Source: jessicavalenti)

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Poynter: Lack of female sources in NY Times front-page stories highlights need for change

[Author Ana] Homayoun called the lack of diversity “a day-to-day issue that people need to cognizant of. Women themselves are their best assets in terms of moving these forward. If we want voices to be heard in an equal way, what are the things that need to happen to change?” - in an article by

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In almost every prominent news story about how the dynamics of social media play out offline, young women are set up as victims rather than agents and drivers of technology. The case has been made repeatedly that the digital era puts young women at risk in new ways — they can be stalked with smartphones, slut-shamed on instant messenger, targeted by rapists on social media. But the Internet can also be a source of power and protection — and I’m not just talking about accountability in rape cases.
How Social Media Can Become Our New Rape Whistle - NYmag.com (via annfriedman)

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Sticky Valentines: Why I left news

"News was never this gray, aging entity to me. It was more like young love, that reckless attraction that consumes you entirely, until one day – suddenly — you snap out of feeling enamored and realize you’ve got to detach. I left news, not because I didn’t love it enough, but because I loved it too much – and I knew it was going to ruin me." - Former reporter Allyson Bird describes why she left her newspaper job.

Bird’s story speaks to many people’s experiences with the news industry (mine included). But I believe her experience is especially common for women. A study I presented earlier this year noted that young women looking to go into journalism often describe it using similar love language. They “fell in love” with it, and it is, as she describes, all-consuming. Bird’s comment here speaks to what happens to that love over time.