Tech Abled – Empowering Women with Disabilities Through Technology

“Tech Abled – Empowering women with disabilities through technology” project: This is an information awareness project that focuses on women with spinal cord injuries and particularly women living with quadriplegia. I started the Tech Abled project to teach women with spinal cord injuries how to use voice-activated software to enable them to use computers independently despite their lack of mobility.

Grandma Got STEM

The blog started the discussion thread about the grandmas that are on Systers list. Fortunately, we also have STEM grandmas on the Systers list. What if you are old enough to be in the grandma club, but lack grandchildren or even children? The Systers are happy to include those that technically might not be grand-“mothers”. They are the courageous women who managed to have careers in the male dominated field of STEM and were not driven out of the field by misogyny. They are the ones who paved the way for other women to follow.

Dear CES, Objectification is Calling

In the short three minute video we get to see beautiful women from near and far playing with gadgets, giving away prizes, dancing, plying company wares, and then (my favorite) standing almost stark naked covered in body paint to serve as some kind of installation art piece [see below picture]. These women are otherwise known as booth babes.

Systers Celebrate 25 Years at Grace Hopper Celebration

2012 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Baltimore was fantastic! So many women and men supporting our mission in recruiting, retaining and advancing women in technology. What was most exciting for me personally is the celebration of Systers 25th anniversary at GHC. We had a variety of activities for Systers at GHC to celebrate our anniversary.

Booth Babes Revisited

You have probably heard other terms for the same topic, but the idea is the same. The woman who stands at booths to showcase a product knowing little or nothing about the technology and code that drives it is called a “booth babe.” Companies believe that a use of sex appeal and clever come hither looks will not only drive people into the booth, but result in more people buying their product.