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For those who are in denial that sexism exists!

This Twitter Stream about #EveryDaySexism caught my attention, which then very quickly turned into anger and then exasperation.

“The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalized that you don’t even feel able to protest.

Everyday sexism can be very well summed up in the words of an 80 year old woman who said in the EverydaySexism blog: “I have never met any woman who has not been sexually harassed”, amen to that! You’ll find some trolls, drama, anger, high emotions but mostly people exposing what we like best to ignore and pretend didn’t happen or rarely happens. Or like to pretend that it happens only to others, or that it’s normal, acceptable, expected. It is SO deeply ingrained into our way of life, that we don’t even notice it (comments like “you’re funny for a girl” or jokes like the one in this image!)

What’s obvious and extremely disturbing is that the sexist state of mind exists in both males and females. Victim blaming is common for females to partake in as well, asking questions like “what were you wearing? were you drinking? you guys always hung out together? was it an accident?”… etc. No one asks these questions if someone gets mugged; asking these questions insinuates that a victim of sexual harassment or a sexual crime brought this on themselves! Ridiculous!

To deal with this issue, we need both sides of the equation. We needed white men to abolish slavery. We have straight people who are fighting for equal rights for homosexuals. We need the majority of the people in power to first accept the problem and then act as a team to fix it! The problem is not equal rights any more, women have had equal rights on pen and paper for a while. The problem is empowerment. In spite of equal rights, discrimination happens everyday, in forms of salary differences, likability, promotion, credibility and marketing of pink glitter dolls! We need to see the paradoxes that exist, accept them and then work on them! Of course the changes must  come from within but we also need the majority of men to want to empower women.

So are we, the educated, privileged, intellectual disruptors of the world just going to sit back, complain, shake our heads and do nothing?


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Ladies…Love to Code

Vehemently editing the slides the Ladies Learning Code Python Edition that I will be instructing in Halifax on June 22nd. It will be the third LLC event in Halifax and the attendance (sold out every time), the positivity, enthusiasm and the students who keep coming back for more make this the best way I could spend a sunny spring Sunday.

I am honoured to be part of this initiative, started in Halifax by the relentless and impressively young VCRachel Aaron. I will be sharing practical working knowledge of coding to women,  which empowers them in this tech-age. Historically, when the British ruled large chunks of this world, English became the global language. Yet, in the modern world, a new language has emerged as the equalizer. A language, or an interpretation of which we encounter every day, almost every moment of our lives, when we use our phones, tweet, book tickets, play games. Programming languages. And it’s often, unfortunately, viewed as a “men’s club” while good programming requires logical reasoning, acute attention to detail and enormous amounts of patience, things most women excel in.

Another trait I have noticed in a lot of women is an innate ability to create something beautiful out of most basic ingredients. Take cooking for example, although the “famous” chefs may get ingredients shipped in from Paris and Tuscany, the most “important” chefs, the ones that feed us everyday, usually cook wholesome meals from whatever produce is on sale at the superstores. This kind of continuous, unfaltering optimization is what is makes coders amazing! Coding is not magic, it’s not difficult, it’s definitely not rocket science. It’s just a new language and a common denominator in the modern world. And it IS as easy as ABC’s.



Join us at The Python workshop on 22nd of June, 2013 to learn Python, the languages that DropBox, BitTorrent and YouTube is built in, a language that’s extensively used at Google, NASA and Yahoo! and many more.

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