AWE is a student organization in UC Berkeley that supports fellow undergraduate women interested in CS or EE to succeed in all aspects. AWE hosts various academic, social, and outreach events throughout the academic year. Our office is located in 286 Cory.

Lida Wang's Words

November 8, 2012

This week's article. Click here to read the full article, or read a snippet below:

Attitudes and Opportunities - Evolving for Women in Tech?:

"A few weeks ago at a 'Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT)' breakfast in Dublin, Marie Treacy, a partner at Ernst & Young, spoke about how attitudes are changing for women in technology in Ireland, and that 'Attitudes towards women in technology are changing rapidly and female participation continues to increase in this sector.' Specifically, it was reported that she spoke of how a few powerful women in tech namely, Marissa Mayer and Meg Whitman, could 'signal the demise of the industry's historically exclusionary culture.'"

October 31, 2012

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What Male and Female Scientists Say About Women In Science:

"Women are underrepresented in science in general, but the gender gap is bigger in some fields than others: physics, for instance, has a much lower percentage of women than biology. Researchers decided to ask scientists themselves why they thought this was - and male and female scientists turned out to have pretty different ideas."

October 10, 2012

This week's article. Click here to read the full article, or check out some information below:

Letter to my younger self: Things I Wish I knew when I first started working

This is a blog post about a panel at the Grace Hopper Conference that took place last weekend. The information is helpful for undergraduate students who have or have not had internships/work experience yet.

September 26, 2012

This week's article. Click here to read the full article, or check out an excerpt below:

How To Exclude Women Without Really Trying

"It would have taken just one person to stand up at that moment and say, 'That was sexist and it's not acceptable here.' [...] But nobody did. And that's what really disappoints me. Structural sexism persists not because of the few people who do and say blatantly bad things, but because of the majority who tolerate them."

September 20, 2012

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Women Who Display Masculine Traits - and Know When Not to - Get More Promotions Than Men:

"In the business world, women who are aggressive, assertive, and confident but who can turn these traits on and off, depending on the social circumstances, get more promotions than either men or other women, according to a recent study coming out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business."

September 5, 2012

This week's article is a fun one on the hilarious reviews on Bic for Her (pens marketed towards women!). Click here to read the full article, or check out an excerpt below:

Amazon Customers Go Rogue, Hilariously Review Bic's Idiotic Pen for Women:

We've discussed the ridiculousness of Bic for Her - the pen specially marketed towards women, which, no, does not mean that they're branded with the face of Betty Friedan - in the past, but it seems that consumers have now taken the mocking of the product into their own hands via Amazon UK, a site where you can now find page after page of brilliant and hilarious fake product reviews from clever users who are alternately thrilled that there's finally a tool that women can write with, confused because they've never seen a pen before or concerned about the dangerous path that allowing women to write will inevitably lead us down.

April 5, 2012

MentorNet sent out an interesting DS this week about sexism in the Classroom Environment (Pst I highly encourage everyone to sign up for this program! It's free for students with a email account):

The Classroom Environment

According to interviews from 1995-99 of women students in computer science at a university, 22 percent said they were told by classmates they were admitted to the program in order to fill a quota or just because of their gender. (Margolis, p.84) A female student at another university shared her experience of walking into a classroom and being taunted about her physique by male classmates and the professor who was also male. (Dobkin, p.469)

If you have experienced occurrences such as these, what were they? What did you do? Perhaps you haven't experienced them before, but you may have witnessed others in those situations. Did you do or say anything then? Do you wonder what your mentor would have done? Have they experienced or witnessed similar situations before, and if so, what did they do? If you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts on this topic, we encourage you to discuss them with your mentor.

Here are some references for navigating the classroom environment if you are a woman or a member of a minority: HERE and HERE.

You should also check to see if your campus has a Louis Stokes Alliance program, dedicated to helping increase minority participation in academic success.

Also, our lovely president, Ayushi, found this BBC clip on the use of "booth babes" at technical conferences/conventions and the reactions of both men and women who work in tech.

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× DID YOU KNOW that the first "computers" were women? Read about the crucial role that women played during WWII in the important ENIAC project in this article here.