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Month: April 2017

Princeton Researchers Discover Why AI Become Racist and Sexist – Ars Tecnnica UK

This article explains the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm Word-Embedding Association Test (WEAT), which looks into bias in English language. The algorithm is based on the Implicit Association Test (IAT), used to measure implicit bias. The results of the algorithm are promising as an indicator of biases in human language. Read more here

Behind the Numbers: Attendance and Diversity in Electronic Music Conferences

by Anna Weisling March 1, 2017 One year ago I attended the fifth annual National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME), a conference created by and for student musicians and composers. I was excited, as I always am, to be exposed to a weekend of music and art from individuals from all across of the country…
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Women Film Composers Organize, Advocate for Change in an Unequal Industry – YourClassical.org

Women film composers have teamed up to address the gap between women and men composers. Organizations such as the Alliance for Women Film Composers, female:pressure and the UK-based Women in Music are involved. Who will be the next female composer nominated for an original-score Oscar? Read more here

12 Incredible Women You’ve Never Heard of Who Changed Science Forever – BusinessInsider.com

An article that outlines some profiles from the book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World,” by artist Rachel Ignotofsky, including Florence Bascom, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Chien-Shiung Wu, Katherine Johnson, Rosalyn Yalow, Esther Lederberg, Annie Easley, Patricia Bath, May-Britt Moser, and Francoise Barre-Sinoussi. Read more here

We Need More Women Composers – And It’s Not About Tokenism, It’s About Talent – TheGuardian.com

This article describes the existing problem of lack of women composers and the actions that the UK-based organization Sound and Music is planning to take by 2020 in order to make sure that 50% of their collaborators are women and making more visible their work. Read more here

Chicago’s Smartbar to Host Workshop Series Focusing on Women in Music – MixMag.net

During March 2017, a series of free workshops have taken place at Chicago’s smartbar as part of Daphne: A Women’s Movement In Dance Music. The workshops have covered topics like artist promotion, DJ mechanics, and woman and genderqueer artists. Read more here

‘Girls in STEM’ Culture is Failing both Girls and STEM – TheStar.com

It is often said that more girls are needed into STEM, yet the tough obstacles tend to be hidden. This article claims that rather than recruiting more and more girls, we should keep the talent of those numerous women who are already there and quit. Read more here

How the University of Connecticut Doubled the Number of Women Majoring in Engineering – IEEE

This article explains the example of the University of Connecticut on how to succeed in increasing the number of women in engineering undergraduate programs. It is basically about offering programs that connect female K-12 students with female engineering undergraduates. Read more here

Georgia Tech Students Develop Stempower to Mentor Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Girls in STEM – Georgia Tech News Center

The Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology at Georgia Tech has launched Stempower, a new outreach initiative. Stempower is a mentoring program that connects Georgia Tech women students to forth and fifth-grade girls by meeting and encouraging them to explore STEM. You can get in touch if interested in becoming a mentor.…
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Programmed Inequality – The MIT Press

Programmed Inequality is a book written by Marie Hicks on how women in computing were gradually pushed out of the industry. The book discusses the economic consequences for the UK of their disappearance and establishes connections with the United State Read more here