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Anti-Oppression 101

Anti-Oppression 101

Given at Steel City Ruby Conference 2012 with Lindsey Bieda.

Steve Klabnik

August 03, 2012

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  1. Q: What’s the worst thing you can call a white

    male? A: Privileged. Friday, August 3, 12
  2. Privilege is how society accommodates you. It's about advantages you

    have that you think are normal. It's about you being normal, and others being the deviation from normal. Friday, August 3, 12
  3. The privileged and the un-privileged live on the same planet,

    but in two different worlds. Friday, August 3, 12
  4. Axes of Identity • Gender • Sexuality • Race •

    Class • Ability Friday, August 3, 12
  5. Intersectionality how various biological, social and cultural categories interact on

    multiple and often simultaneous levels, contributing to systematic social inequality. Friday, August 3, 12
  6. Imposter Syndrome When people are unable to internalize their achievements.

    Despite evidence of competence they believe they are frauds and undeserving of accomplishments. Friday, August 3, 12
  7. Stereotype Threat The experience of anxiety in a situation where

    a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group. Friday, August 3, 12
  8. Male gaze when the audience is put into the perspective

    of a heterosexual male. Friday, August 3, 12
  9. It's such a transformative field for society as a whole.

    And without the involvement of a diverse group of people, the results of what we do are not going to be appealing or useful to all aspects of our society. A piece of our challenge is to make computing, and all that it enables, accessible to everyone. That's an ideal. - Frances E Allen first female recipient of the Turing Award “ Friday, August 3, 12
  10. Rate of Attrition 41% of women 17% of men Quit

    their careers at tech companies after 10 years Friday, August 3, 12
  11. Simply reducing female attrition in STEM by 25% would add

    220,000 people to the talent pool. Friday, August 3, 12
  12. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving

    the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. - Marie Curie First female professor at the University of Paris “ Friday, August 3, 12
  13. Sources 1. American Institute of Physics: Physics Trends percent of

    degrees awarded to women by field 2. CNN Money: Silicon Valley fights to keep its diversity data secret 3. The Invisible Gorilla 4. Stereotype Threat and Women’s Math Performance 5. Signaling Threat: How Situational Cues Affect Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Settings 6. AAUW: Why so few? 7. Fast Company: Can Tech Companies Continue To Innovate With No Women At The Table? Friday, August 3, 12