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October 2, 2014

I found the website StemFeminist.com via Jordan Ellenberg this morning and I honestly can’t stop reading it. It consists of a bunch of anonymously contributed stories, most but not all by women, about everyday sexism that happens in the STEM fields. Many of them resonate either with stuff I’ve lived through or stuff my friends have, some of them don’t seem so bad, some of them are outrageous and actionable.

It’s a great idea to have this, if just for women to be able to point to when men question the level of sexism in STEM fields. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s 2014.

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  1. revuluri
    October 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I think you mean “everyday sexism” rather than “everyday feminism”, unfortunately. Though it might be nice to have another collection of examples of everyday STEM feminism too. Sometimes people are empowered by seeing how things can be different and better, and the actions they can take to make them so.


    • October 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Yeah, sorry, I already fixed that.

      On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM, mathbabe wrote:



  2. October 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    and heres a case where “anon commenters” can be feminist empowering/antisexist & dialog-promoting instead of sexist. which is a nice counterpoint/ antidote to many, many articles pointing out that females get a lot of negative comments/attn on the internet via anon comments. turning the tables. but also, remembering two wrongs dont make a right….


  3. October 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    There have been similar blogs in other fields for a while, such as What Is it Like to Be a Woman in Philosophy?


    But somehow it’s very different when it’s your own field, when the slightly-foreign talk of smokers and conference moderators is replaced by lab desks and RAs.


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