[DIGITAL] Joined @McrDig Programme #DigitalHer

Based upon the slogan ‘If she can see it, she can be it’, Manchester Digital have set up this excellent initiative with this mission focus:

  • To engage more young women across Greater Manchester to consider careers in digital and technology
  • To use the power of real role models in the industry to bring this to life
  • Provide valuable awareness and insights of tech employers and access to local opportunities for young women
  • To provide support for educators and career leads

So I am now proud to be on the Inspiration Wall (see my entry or download my PDF here):

The book I recommended within my content is:

Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for menInvisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Pérez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s plenty to chew on in this book – yes a lot of the material is drawn from newspaper articles but there’s a significant sprinkling of academic paperwork in there too – and it’s designed as a conversational starting point rather than an academic treatise – it does raise a lot of questions about how everything is built around ‘the default man’ and how many ways women (and men) lose out because of this … and there’s a rant around pockets too. The assumption that something is ‘normal’ is highlighted well – things that seem ‘objective’ are built on years of normalising something that doesn’t seem to be so. Very readable.

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