No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson's Innovators

I'm glad Walter Isaacson is getting such an outpouring of love from reviewers and talk-show hosts for including Ada Lovelace in The Innovators, his new history of the digital revolution.1 Thanks to Isaacson, Lovelace is finally receiving at least a few bytes of the attention she deserves for having written the first… » 10/23/14 2:20pm 10/23/14 2:20pm

Women Won't Name Harassing Venture Capitalists, Even Anonymously

In the past couple weeks both Forbes and Wired have published first-hand accounts of the perils of "fundraising while female." The anecdotes about harassment, discrimination, and the hassle of disproving an investor's assumptions about gender are familiar. But you won't find the name of single male venture capitalist… » 8/08/14 5:40pm 8/08/14 5:40pm

GoldieBlox Means Well But Doesn't Live Up to the Hype

GoldieBlox has inspired much enthusiasm among adults. The concept—disrupt the pink aisle! provide girls with an alternative to princess-mania!—is the stuff TED talks and viral videos are made of. But are the toys actually any good? Those videos aren't just a P.S.A. campaign—they're advertisements. And there, the… » 2/11/14 3:20pm 2/11/14 3:20pm

The CEO of Twitter Wants These Female Comedians to Use Twitter

On Friday's Today show, Matt Lauer interviewed Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. While the conversation skimmed the surface of revealing any actual information – Twitter is so hip and cool! Sometimes people send mean tweets! Man everyone there is young! – Costolo subtly tried to smooth over the company's "woman problem" with… » 12/06/13 10:00am 12/06/13 10:00am

How Hollywood Helps Deter Women from Computer Science

The New York Times today would like to suggest that storytelling is powerful, that, in the whole art/life dynamic, it’s life that imitates art, not the other way around, at least not when it comes to kids imagining viable career paths for themselves. For instance, too many “Dilbert” perusals and Office Space viewings… » 10/26/13 1:30pm 10/26/13 1:30pm

Female Engineer Seeks the Actual Number of Female Engineers Working

Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest, a job she apparently unabashedly loves. "It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation," she's written. "I don’t feel like a female engineer." But to Chou, in order to figure out exactly… » 10/23/13 6:45pm 10/23/13 6:45pm

Fired Business Insider CTO Digs Himself Into An Even Deeper Douchehole

New York magazine's Dan Amira got an interview with the recently fired Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson and while we can assume Dickinson did the interview in order to try to take control of his rapidly deteriorating image as a smart and articulate person, it's clear now that he should probably stop trying. » 9/13/13 5:25pm 9/13/13 5:25pm

A Brief History of Tech Companies Talking to Women Like Total Assholes

No matter how far technology might advance, there's always been one little area that the reigning powers-that-be have never quite managed to figure out. Or more specifically, an area they've never quite figured out how to talk to. Tech companies, meet women. And then stop treating them like idiots. » 8/02/13 6:14pm 8/02/13 6:14pm

Wikipedia's Editors Are 91 Percent Male Because Citations Are Stored in…

Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia that's edited by you (if you're a dude), me (if I were a dude), and all the dudes you know, launched in 2001 and quickly became the place to find quick info on pretty much any topic under the sun. Remember writing research papers before Wikipedia? Man, we were all such chumps… » 1/25/13 11:30am 1/25/13 11:30am