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Portrait of our Times: Women, Technology, and Inclusivity in the City

I get to work for a firm that is deeply interested in how to improve our urban environments. Specifically, we want to improve the interactions people have with the institutions that serve them, and in the process, improve the lived experience, both here in the United States and abroad.

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“If You Break It, You Fix It” and Other Creeds of the Young Makers Among Us

I recently had the pleasure of meeting 11-year-old Raven Holston-Turner. The day I met her, she had henna tattoos all over her hands and was handling a digital soldering iron.

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Testing Assumptions about Women and Technology

A reminder from the field: Always test assumptions.

Earlier this year, alongside a colleague from the Global Health Project at the MIT Sloan School of Management, I worked to determine how LifeSpring, a maternal health hospital in Hyderabad, India, might utilize mobile technology to gather data about its outreach efforts.

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Why We Desperately Need More Women in STEM Fields

So, your six-year-old daughter has been dreaming of becoming a computer scientist. And, as much as you tell her that she will be able to do anything she wants to do, what you’re not telling her is the reality of the gender gap within every STEM field in this country. In fact, any field to […]

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Accurate and Comprehensive Sexual Education is Our Right

There are a few lessons we can take away from Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) recent outrageous remarks, the first being that you can lack total empathy and be mind-numbingly dense, yet still somehow be an elected official crafting legislation in Congress in 2012.  Another is that many Americans truly don’t understand how and where babies […]

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A Man’s Perspective On She++ And Encouraging Women To Explore Technology

This post is originally published on Changemakers and is cross-posted with permission. At a conference promoting women in technology last year, Eventbrite co-founder Julia Hartz noted that her board included three male members, a testament to the success of women engineers and managers. When I followed her remarks by introducing Harvey Mudd College president, Maria […]

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Young Girls’ Barrier to Higher Education

“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  As a student ambassador at university, I was occasionally asked to run workshops for high school students in the surrounding areas. One school event, designed to encourage an interest […]

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Legislators: Women Are Not Cows and Pigs

This week the Georgia State Legislature debated a bill in the House, that would make it necessary for some women to carry  stillborn or dying fetuses until they ‘naturally’ go into labor. In arguing for this bill Representative Terry England described his empathy for  pregnant cows and pigs in the same situation. I have a question […]

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On Threatening to Rape Michele Bachmann With a Weapon

A US Federal judge recently ruled that Twitter had to reveal the identity of the twitter user who recently threatened to rape Michele Bachmann with a machete.  Hallelujah! While anonymity is both the best and worst part of the internet, that’s no excuse to let people commit crimes or threaten people.  As many women have […]

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Women Deliver 50

This morning Women Deliver announced it’s “Women Deliver 50” list spotlighting ideas and solutions that actually improving the lives of women and girls around the world right now.  From hundreds of submissions, to 125 finalists, we have 50 inspiring programs chosen for their work in advocacy and awareness, education, health interventions, and technologies and innovations. […]

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