Female Representation

PHaEDRA

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Your DGB for today is to get involved with project PHaEDRA by transcribing the turn-of-the-century handwritten notebooks of women in astronomy.

If you loved Hidden Figures, geek out over star charts, or have ever dreamed of going to space camp, you might be perfect to help Project PHaEDRA (Preserving Harvard’s Early Data & Research in Astronomy). This transcription project aims to record and digitize a collection of 2500 notebooks written by women working in the early days of modern astronomy. Digitizing the books will allow them to be searchable and useful to researchers and educators everywhere.

Sign up, read the tutorials, and then jump on in. Every page transcribed gets the project closer to completion, and when everyone will be able to see these amazing contributions by women in science.

 

Are Men Talking Too Much? (Short Answer: Probably)

Your DGB for today is to fire up this website next time you’re in a meeting, watching tv, or at an event with male and female speakers and keep track of whose voices you hear.

Why do we need to measure such a thing? Because it’s still news to people.  Despite stereotypes, proverbs, and dad jokes that have been around since the Dark Ages, women AREN’T the ones dominating conversations in mixed gender groups. In fact, women are less likely to speak and more likely to be interrupted. Why does the myth persist? As with many things, the answer is, sexism. In “Our Feminized Society,” Sady Doyle says, “Men tend to perceive equality when women are vastly outnumbered and underrepresented; it follows that, as we approach actual parity, men… will increasingly believe that we are entering an era of female domination.” God forbid we should actually take up our fair share of time and space. 

Next time someone claims women are dominating the conversation, open up this handy web site and fact-check. We’ll bet there’s more manterruption and mansplaining than you can shake a stick at.

 

 

Bechdel Test Awareness

Your DGB for today is to reject latent sexism in film by choosing to see movies that pass the Bechdel Test this holiday season.    Popularized by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, The Bechdel Test is an easy method of determining if a movie has substantive female representation:    1) The movie has to have at least two named women in it   2) Who talk to each other   3) About something besides a man    Amazingly, it’s estimated that around half of all movies fail the test.    This site    keeps a good database   for when you’re deciding which classic holiday movie to pop on while you snuggle up with family and hot cocoa. Or, if you're one of those people who goes “out” (we at DGB vaguely remember putting on pants of the non-yoga variety and going to the movies), it also maintains a list of films currently in theaters.    Make sure your movies pass the Bechdel Test and support female representation this holiday season.    

Your DGB for today is to reject latent sexism in film by choosing to see movies that pass the Bechdel Test this holiday season.

Popularized by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, The Bechdel Test is an easy method of determining if a movie has substantive female representation:

1) The movie has to have at least two named women in it
2) Who talk to each other
3) About something besides a man

Amazingly, it’s estimated that around half of all movies fail the test. This site keeps a good database for when you’re deciding which classic holiday movie to pop on while you snuggle up with family and hot cocoa. Or, if you're one of those people who goes “out” (we at DGB vaguely remember putting on pants of the non-yoga variety and going to the movies), it also maintains a list of films currently in theaters.

Make sure your movies pass the Bechdel Test and support female representation this holiday season.