Women are under represented in digital technology occupations. It’s a given – a well-known, hardly news-worthy, fact. Marie Stafford described the situation in her article for Campaign: despite being avid users of tech, women are dramatically underrepresented in the industry. In the UK, only 17% of IT specialists are women compared to a quarter of … More Hack The Ceiling: How to close the gender gap in tech
The way we react and talk about trauma has changed thanks to the rise of social media and 24-hr news cycles. Recently, we saw this following the massacre in Orlando, the murder of MP Jo Cox, the EU Referendum more generally. All very different events. All followed by outpourings of grief, condolence, anger, support that went viral and … More On Silence & Speaking Up (Or Why Our Voices Matter)
Money, money, money; money on my mind. In fact, more and more often, personal finance creeps into my brain and tickles like an earworm. This isn’t surprising. As a twenty-something, I am (verrryyyy slowly) levelling up on the grownup front. I’ve been doing the stuff like pay bills and budget for a while but now I’m also … More How Mindful Money Means Living A Little Better
Slacktivism is a funny little hybrid word – a portmanteau of ‘slacker’ and ‘activism’. It applies to ‘actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk’, but more generally referring to the casual liking or retweeting of political or issue-led content online in lieu of mobilising IRL. Over the … More Slacktivism: How powerful is online activism?
Ah the catcall – the unsolicited dick-pick made IRL. Every time a catcaller opens their mouth, it’s tempting to put a gun in it. I’ve avoided writing about it until now, but I’m beginning to realise that unless everyone is talking about the issue – no one is going to listen. This post may be NSFW. … More CATCALLING EXAMPLE #8,711,987,789
“It’s a beautiful day to save lives.” 😭 #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/xK7QQQPKJ6 — Lana_Jen☁️ (@lanajenpie) May 1, 2015 It’s the second Thursday since That Episode. The episode that ended the McDream. That caused a general fan meltdown. That resulted in a boycott, a Change.org petition, and a gazillion tweets calling Shonda Rhimes a monster. .@shondarhimes YOU ARE … More Bring Back Derek? Not Signing but Not Watching Either
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Critics are throwing cold water over the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but there’s something to be learnt from the viral video campaign that’s made more than a splash using social media. Just when I thought I might have got away with it, when the whole craze looked ready to combust, … More The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
So You Ran a Half Marathon I’m Half Impressed As a wee little child, my not-so-kindly sports teachers knew that I hated cross country. All the signs were there: I would dawdle, drag my feet, pretend anything to escape the horrors of lapping the same two fields a gazzillion times. And anything literally means anything. I … More Run, Forest, Run!