23C3 - 1.5

23rd Chaos Communication Congress
Who can you trust?

Speakers
Annalee Newitz
Schedule
Day 1
Room Saal 1
Start time 23:00
Duration 01:00
Info
ID 1709
Event type Lecture
Track Culture
Language English
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Revenge of the Female Nerds

Busting Myths about Why Women Can't Be Technical

Why do media and industry lag behind reality when it comes to estimating women's technical and scientific abilities? That women have these abilities is obvious. The question is how to change social expectations about them. What are women doing, and what can they do, to combat pervasive myths about their inferiority as engineers and scientists?

Why do media and industry lag behind reality when it comes to estimating women's technical and scientific abilities? That women have these abilities is obvious. The question is how to change social expectations about them. What are women doing, and what can they do, to combat pervasive myths about their inferiority as engineers and scientists? I have just completed a book-length project on female geeks, to be published in January, which is a collection of essays by women in a variety of male-dominated "geek" jobs -- everything from computer science and bioinformatics work, to comic book writing and videogame programming. I will present some of the findings from my book, looking at real-life examples of women fighting back against sexism in technical/science jobs. I'll also examine how women can help change the pop culture image of geeks as almost entirely male.