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Tonight let's break the mould as Sian and Clara examine the impact of gender stereotypes on technology development.
Why women can't write code
The programmer is a 22-year-old, University educated white man. This is the stereotype that dominates how we see people who are skilled at writing code. Women are continuously discriminated against in professional and informal settings of programming, they are underrepresented, underpaid, and underestimated. Stereotypes have told women they do not belong, cultivating the identities of the geek, nerd, and the recent phenomenon of the brogrammer. This talk examines how stereotypes are adversely impacting the development of technology.
Why diversity is good for science
Clara shares her experiences as a transgender scientist. She looks at how a lack of diversity in her field caused her to make assumptions about science and discusses how she became involved in various initiatives looking to challenge the view of ‘this is what a scientist looks like’. She now campaigns with others to open up science, and make it ‘for all’. Changes should not be made simply to ‘reach quotas’; real change means changing the opinion of diversity. Clara looks at how diversity can actually improve science and thus makes it not just the right thing, but also the smart thing to do.