Archive for February, 2012

Massive Hate

After fol­low­ing a long thread on the IGDA Women in Games Dis­cus­sion List, I think I have gath­ered enough out­rage to share this story. Jen­nifer Hep­ler, a writer for BioWare, was recently the tar­get of a bar­rage of misog­y­nist hate-speech that arose after a piece of a quote was taken out of con­text and circulated […]

Ageism and Sexism at the BBC

David Batty at the Guardian wrote yes­ter­day that the BBC director-general, Mark Thomp­son, con­ceded that there are not enough older females on screen at the BBC. Thomp­son also said that although there has been an increase in the num­ber of older women employed at the BBC, this change has not been applied to the screen. […]

Develop salary survey 2012: Males vs females

Develop’s 2012 salary sur­vey is out, with some not-so-surprising fig­ures. The bot­tom line? The dif­fer­ence in salaries between male and female game devel­oper exec­u­tives in the UK is £3,000. The staff at Develop pub­lished a sum­mary of the sur­vey here. They found the same trend glob­ally between men and women, and went on to mention […]

Another voice promoting STEM to students, especially women

This arti­cle from the Boston Globe fea­tures an inter­view with Jen­nifer Chayes, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Microsoft Research New Eng­land. Recently Chayes spoke at a con­fer­ence aimed at strength­en­ing STEM in Mass­a­chu­setts. Chayes said that com­puter sci­en­tists cre­ate bet­ter work when they col­lab­o­rate with indi­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent fields, and so part of their strat­egy is […]

Google’s Marissa Mayer says more women needed in tech

How do we achieve this? Don’t just focus on how many women are in tech­nol­ogy, focus on cre­at­ing more com­puter sci­en­tists. Cre­ate more inter­est in the field begin­ning in high school. Mayer was quick to point out that when it comes to advanced place­ment exams, 200,000 stu­dents take the cal­cu­lus test, but only 14,000 take […]

Some interesting websites…

Get­ting girls into STEM edu­ca­tion starts here. And who says women are under rep­re­sented in games studies?

Mysogyny and The Old Republic

This is an inter­est­ing arti­cle in Forbes that describes the atti­tude towards not only women gamers but about the mysog­yny that is implicit within the games them­selves. The author quotes a blog by Becky Cham­bers at The Mary Sue: Women are harassed, trolled, and belit­tled, all for hav­ing the audac­ity to speak over a micro­phone or […]

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