Metrodora: Ancient Greek Physician and Rebel

Metrodora was an ancient Greek physician, possibly of Egyptian origin, that practiced medicine and wrote the oldest known medical text by a woman named “On the Diseases and Cures of Women”. She lived sometime between 200-400 CE and her focus lied in female medicine, not so surprising perhaps, since in ancient Greece women and slaves were not allowed to practice medicine as it was considered a science gifted by the gods. Midwifes however, were common and women did assist with childbirth and some aspects of gynecology. Metrodora was unique in that she covered all areas of medicine related to women in her texts and practices, and she did this in a time when this wasn’t really allowed.

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Tech women: interviewing Nuria, computer expert, maker and fighter

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Nuria is a woman who has worked in the Computing Service of the Carlos III University of Madrid for 28 years. Since 1990, It has been a while! She has been going through all the groups of this service until four years ago she landed in the IT Security group: @CertUC3M where she plans to retire. 😀
We do not know what she eats for breakfast, but she has an inner balance and strength that I have seen in few people I know personally. She is special, and very brave, so I wanted she to be known in this blog. We have a lot to learn from her.

 

Nuria, by the way, what does  a champion like you have for breakfast?

I have a bad breakfast. I have some juice to take my iron pill. As a sportswomen, I must have an additional contribution of this mineral and I have a single coffee without sugar too. I can not eat anything when I get up, then in a couple of hours I eat whatever.

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Top secret rosies II: the sisters Doris and Shirley

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We continue with the second part of the series Top Secret Rosies. This time it is dedicated to the twin sisters Doris Blumberg Polsky and Shirley Blumberg Melvin, considering that there are more than 80 mathematician women employed at the time to perform ballistic calculations for the army and programming of computers in the Philadelphia Computer Section. It was located at the Moore Electrical Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Certainly these women were quickly forgotten in spite of the fact that World War II was the best documented war to date. Considering the important role they played in winning it, these women only had to settle for the economic compensation they received. Their salary that was considered very high at the time, about $2000 per year (which may be ridiculous at the moment). Unquestionably they deserved more than this, a wider social recognition at least.

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Top secret rosies I: those forgotten programmers of ENIAC

Top secret Rosies

New entry in our blog:  the first one of the Top Secret Rosies series. This time it is dedicated to six women who were responsible for the programming of ENIAC and for changing the course of humanity with their job. Everything began in 1942, in the middle of World War II when women were underestimated. At the end, their alliance with computers would end up bearing fruit to make way for the era of modern computing.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, USA started recruiting women who knew mathematics. They ended up programming the second digital computer: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer). Remember that the first digital computer arose in Europe thanks to the works of Konrad Zuse and his series of Zx computers.

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Radium Girls: victims to whom we owe a lot …

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The intoxication by radium of a group of women in 1917 in Orange, New Jersey, titled this story. This is the story of Radium Girls. Not many people know it and they should because we owe them a lot. That is the reason for publishing this new post with the story of these American girls who changed the world of work forever. They did not do it at a low price precisely.

This is a dramatic story that finally led to the current occupational risk prevention system after numerous struggles against the American justice and medical society of the time. With human sacrifices too. All of that started in the middle of World War I when thousands of employees went to work in the luminescent watches factories. Watches that the soldiers in the front needed to see the time even in the dark nights …

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Jennifer Cloer will release a documentary series about women in technology

Jennifer Cloer

An interesting documentary series about women in technology will be released next month. The director of this series will be the veteran Jennifer Cloer. She is the former vice-president of communications of the Linux Foundation and current founder and principal consultant of reTHINKit PR. The docuseries is called Chasing Grace and  HenTech invite everyone to follow it because we can see interesting things about women who are a milestone in the technological world.

Chasing Grace from Jennifer Cloer will be produced by Wicked Films. Jennifer Cloer is co-founder of Wicked Films and  she has already some sponsors like Intel to support the project. The strengthening of this type of initiative is important, since thanks to this documentary effort, it will introduce us to a succession of stories about women’s efforts to achieve equality within a world that still seems to be dominated by men, and that is the one of the technology. The first installment of this series (consisting of 6 episodes in total) will focus on a documentary called Eighty Twenty, exploring the financial and emotional impact for life that may have the wage gap between women and men in technology careers. The protagonists will be the women whose resilience has led them to finally achieve deserved success.

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VR & video games against inequality and gender violence

The world of video games and virtual reality have focused exclusively on digital entertainment for decades but technological advances in these fields, such as the innovations brought by HTC Vive glasses in the face of the competition, have begun to produce results in other areas such as education and health.

New technologies have entered into educational centers with strength. There are more and more video games with didactic purposes for children to learn while having fun, and not only about the subjects, but also as a means to promote inclusion (e.g. Dogchild against animal abuse) and raise awareness among the youngest people. Likewise, virtual reality glasses are being used to treat some disorders or phobias, etc., since they can immerse us in a simulated virtual world to deal with a multitude of situations,  and even put ourselves in the situation fo another person to work on empathy, which is what we are going to talk about.

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