Of Men, Women, SCRUM and Violent Communication

As a feminine, female Software Engineer I’ve become occupied with the question of just why is it that my field is so predominantly male? Since watching the recent kerfuffle around the book “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer” unfold and the subsequent emergence of the hashtag #feministhackerbarbie, my desire to say something that could be part of a constructive conversation has only… Read More

You Can Cure a Disease and Have Fun at the Same Time

Cooperative gaming is all the rage these days, and if you’ve been wondering what it means to play “cooperatively,”  Pandemic is a great introduction. The game takes 2-4 players around the world in order to fight the spread of four diseases (represented by plastic cubes): blue, black, yellow, and the pernicious RED! I don’t know… Read More

Now That’s How You Write Scientist Characters for Girls!

Big Hero 6 premiered this weekend after months of build up and merchandising. I was excited about this film every since I saw the first previews for it, and I predict Baymax will soon be a household name on par with Groot. The film was enjoyable, if a bit slow in the beginning. The children… Read More

Sliding Across Genders: STEM, Femme and Feminism

I vividly remember walking home one day with my partner during the time leading up to my leaving for graduate school. She told me that she wouldn’t be making the move with me. I remember the exact spot she said this, and the exact thought that went through my head next, “I’m going to end… Read More

New Woman Lego Set: The Research Institute

  Most likely thanks to the courageous moxie* of one little girl, Lego released this brand new “Research Institute” set featuring three woman scientists studying chemistry, astronomy, and paleontology over the weekend. Selling for only $19.99 the set is already out of stock on the Lego website. Hmm… who would have thought little girls and their… Read More

Girl Scientist? Genderless Androids? I’m There.

Yesterday Amazon Prime premiered “Annedroids“, one of its new children’s shows, without much fanfare. I wouldn’t have known about it if not for the Mary Sue and I knew immediately this was something I had to watch. The first episode was 24 minutes long and, as with most children’s shows, you can usually predict what is… Read More