As more women begin speaking out and announcing #MeToo, it begs the question: should we be fighting for equality or equity? Is one inherently better that the other? Read this fantastic article put together by the Pew Research Center in delving into some inequities between women of color and men in STEM.
Find it here.
In an age where lines of code are the building blocks of nearly everything, the importance of learning to program cannot be overstated. Watch this incredible, inspiring video today, dedicated to motivating those all over to take up this valuable skill.
Quality computer science education is often hard to achieve these days without mountains of student loan debt and regret. Although CS is a bustling and rapidly expanding field, it can be hard to acquire the tools needed to succeed without some sacrifices. Today, I'm recommended a new story that deals with the supposed $19 all-inclusive coding education. Could this possibly be the future of higher education in STEM?
Read it here.
"The term “artificial intelligence” was only just coined about 60 years ago, but today, we have no shortage of experts pondering the future of AI. Chief amongst the topics considered is the technological singularity, a moment when machines reach a level of intelligence that exceeds that of humans."
In this fascinating article written just today, Dom Galeon of Futurism separates the facts from fiction of the Singularity.
Read it here.
My favorite pick today has been Vox's excellent analysis on the coming of robots. For anyone (and everyone!) who is interested in the Singularity, this is a great viewing. Many often ask the question: if AI trains robots to successfully learn useful tasks, will billions be out of work? Watch and find out.
The end of 2017 was home to a ground zero never seen before. Starting with the 'outing' of media mogul Harvey Weinstein, to the emergence of the #MeToo movement, to the sentencing of sexual predator Larry Nassar: all these events had their own defining characteristics, all traced back to the strength of the multitude of women who stood their ground and spoke out against gender inequality.
Woman after woman took to the Twittersphere to voice their opinions – and their shots were heard around the world, The fall of prominent, once untouchable men were all but yesterday's news; the world, months later, is still engrossed over the feminist movement that has become #MeToo.
But what if #MeToo isn't enough?
This year, I attended the Orange County Women's March, where thousands of passionate, dedicated activists converged upon Santa Ana to walk for their rights. Men, women, and children of all genders, races, and sexualities put aside their difference to address the epidemic of malevolent and benevolent sexism. At the center of everyone's mind (besides Donald Trump, noted anti-feminist) was #MeToo – the match that set the activist fire; a fire that slowly started withering away a forest of hidden secrets and prejudice.
The #MeToo movement of 2017 (continuing into 2018) mostly dealt with sexual assault and misconduct. However, many women also used it as an opportunity to bring to light the multitude of challenges still faced by half of the population. From the gender wage gap (which is real, in fact!) to stereotypes perpetuated in the media, it is impossible to deny that there is still ways to go till gender equality is a reality.
But #MeToo isn't enough. It's a great start, but it's not enough. We #NeedToThrive.
Women of this country need to thrive. They need to be able to be afforded the same respect, be afforded the same expectations, and be afforded the same opportunities as anyone else. It isn't enough to point out the problems in the status quo – we must collaborate effectively to reach solutions. We #NeedToThrive, not just live to tell our stories.
Twitter and similar social medias have been paramount is bringing the epidemic of gender inequality to a national stage. But solutions to the problem should be brewing in the minds of every man, woman, and child in the world. The #MeToo movement shouldn't be constrained to ethically educating every misogynist or James Damore fan in the nation – it should be making the everyday, average person in the country aware; aware of their privilege or lack thereof. Pointing out the simplest things are often the hardest to do, because they seem insignificant. But even these things are very much significant. Bigotry starts small.
#MeToo is an incredible Step 1.
Thriving is the necessary future thereafter.
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