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"'Smart' Is Not Optional"

Kellan Elliott-McCrea, CTO of Etsy, recently spoke at the First Round CTO Summit about his company’s creative solution to recruiting more women to their engineering team. Finding many women reluctant to leave their current jobs for a company that claimed to care about gender diversity but boasted few actual women, Etsy branched out by sponsoring scholarships to Hacker School and recruiting from its graduates.

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First Latina in Space Takes Over Johnson Space Center

Dr. Ellen Ochoa will this month become the first Hispanic director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, as well as its second female director.

The 54-year-old former astronaut is now responsible for overseeing approximately 13,000 employees at the JSC. She describes her day as being pretty varied.

“A lot of it is understanding what everybody is doing and current issues,” says Ochoa, explaining she has to make sure shuttles are safe and effective, research how they can be made more affordable, and educate about the benefits space travel brings to people here on Earth.

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Scythian Wonder Woman

Artist Rory Phillips has reimagined Wonder Woman in a more historically-accurate costume:

I have always thought Wonder Woman should look more like a warrior, and less like a pinup. The Amazons of Classical Greek lore were from the region of Scythia. I wanted her outfit to reflect that culture and be almost ceremonial.

Reminds me of the Dragon-helm (conceptually, not visually).

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Tina Fey to Possibly Star in Muppets Movie

Rumor has it Fey will play a Russian gulag prison guard, in what sounds like a pretty dark idea for a Muppets movie. Still, I think the correct response to this news is: “Eeeeeeeeee!”

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Dreamworks Animation's Producers are 85% Women

Of the five people in the company’s “top-tier management,” three are women: COO Ann Daly, chief accounting officer Heather O’Connor and worldwide marketing chief Anne Globe. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says their pool of producers is a staggering 85% female (including those producers involved with Madagascar and Rise of the Guardians) and says he “couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.”

Astonishing and wonderful. In the linked article, Pamela McClintock suggests a possible reason for the success of women in the production company:

Katzenberg inspires abiding loyalty by grooming stars from within. He gave longtime in-house animator Jennifer Yuh Nelson the chance to direct 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 (all the way to an Oscar nom and $655.7 million in global ticket sales), making her the first woman to direct a big-budget animated film solo.

How Plan B Works

In addition to explaining the mechanics behind the popular morning-after pill, this adorable animation also shows how and on what timeline ovulation and fertilization occur, in case—like me—you’re a little fuzzy on the details.

Sworn Virgins

Jill Peters’ Sworn Virgins of Albania project looks at women in the Balkans who have chosen a life of celibacy in order to avoid the oppressive laws of the Kanun, which forbids them from everything from voting and doing business to swearing and drinking.

Great photography. The absence of traditional Western gender signifiers like hairstyle and fashion works a fascinating transformation.

Via The Mary Sue.

The Female Perspective in Game Development

David Gaider, lead writer of Bioware’s Dragon Age series, tells a story that illustrates why game development teams need women:

We were sitting down to peer review a plot—a peer review being the point where a plot has had its first writing pass completed, and whoever wrote it sits down with the other writers as well as representatives from cinematic design, editing, and level art to hear critique. We’ve all read it first, and written down our thoughts, and go around the table to relate any issues we encountered.

As it happened, most of the guys went first. Typical stuff— some stuff was good, some stuff needed work, etc. etc. Then one of the female writers went, and she brought up an issue. A big issue. It had to do with a sexual situation in the plot, which she explained could easily be interpreted as a form of rape.

Via The Mary Sue.