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Lighthouse - Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop
43-45 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Welcome to our monthly Women in STEM Book club!
This book club aims to bring students and professionals of STEM subjects together, to discuss books related to women in STEM, to share views and experiences, to network and to help each other overcome the barriers in the male-dominated STEM environments. It is organised and moderated by Athina Frantzana and her spreadtheword project.
For our second gathering we will be discussing «Technically Wrong» by Sara Wachter-Boettcher. Start reading and join the conversation with a cuppa!
There is also a useful history of diversity in tech buried in the narrative. As Wachter-Boettcher writes:
''Originally, programming was often categorised as “women’s work,” lumped in with administrative skills like typing and dictation (in fact, during World War II, the word “computers” was often applied not to machines, but to the women who used them to compute data). As more colleges started offering computer science degrees, in the 1960s, women flocked to the programs: 11 percent of computer science majors in 1967 were women. By 1984, that number had grown to 37 percent. Starting in 1985, that percentage fell every single year — until, in 2007, it levelled out at the 18 percent figure we saw through 2014. That shift coincides perfectly with the rise of the personal computer.''
If that last sentence felt like the start of an epiphany, then you should read this book, because it’s full of such moments." (from The Scholarly Kitchen review)
Athina Frantzana has just finished her PhD at the University of Edinburgh on women's experiences in STEM, particularly in the High Performance Computing community. She has organised and participated in a number of international and local conferences and events presenting her research. She works tirelessly towards achieving gender equality in STEM, by taking part in outreach activities, writing articles, and editing Wikipedia pages. Athina and her team have been recently awarded the first prize for their project at the Alan Turing Institute STEM Gamechangers for Equality,Diversity&Inclusion competition. The Women in STEM Book club is part of her spreadtheword_project, aiming to raise awareness and share knowledge on women in STEM matters.