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  1. We don't know that. Ideas about gender roles, at least in the US, do not seem to be evolving particularly fast in the past decades. IIRC, there's a survey somewhere that shows that the current generation entering the workforce is actually more conservative about ideas about gendered breadwinnner/housekeeper notions than their parents generation. (This I think... And picking up the argument with Alaric and Zabzie, are those BA degree, CS jobs are that attractive, really? They pay ok and they're a safe choice. They're the factory line job of yesteryear, and men have more pressure put on them to take them, except in countries where there's economic pressure on both genders to get a 'sensible' job. (For, example, Palestinians in Israel, men and women, disproportionately study accounting, which is competitve and has a high entry bar.) In some sense, we should be asking why men are overrepresented in this field. (This isn't to say that there aren't some people who transcend that, love CS, and thrive and are fulfilled there...and I wonder if that percentage isn't higher amongst the women who do make it in CS that it is amongst men.) Actually, what are the stats like for things like civil engineering?
  2. Could it be that engineering is just boring? Because clearly the gender gap is closing fast (or reversed) in a few prestigious and traditionally male dominated fields, like law and medicine, but STEM is holding out. This is a bit of a random hypothesis and I wouldn't defend it particularly strongly unless I could find some data, but going into STEM and particularly CS could appear a very workmanlike career choice at this point. To me at least, if I was going to make a decision, somewhere in my late teens, that I'm going to be a career-oriented woman and push into male fields, I'd pick an exciting one - like, say, law or medicine. Being a programmer (again, at least to me) seems both difficult AND uninteresting.
  3. Always had a quick email or text exchange before a skype interview (initiated 50-50% by either side, i'd say), getting everyone coordinated, never a just sitting there and looking it and waiting for it go bloop bloop type thing at the appointed hour.
  4. When they said 'we've got a declaration from Washington [something Sunderland]' in a tone of urgency, my first thought was Good God, what now with Trump? Meanwhile, the Swindon results swinging Labour as the bigger gainers.
  5. Doh I forgot UK has a winner-takes-all seat-level system. Vote consolidation accross blocks significant then, possibly more so than actual increase in opposite block votes.
  6. BBC has more data than NY Times or Guardian.
  7. From the Newcastle-Sunderland 2 seat sample, yes, there's a substantial Tory gain vs. a smaller Labour gain, but most of that Tory gain has to be coming from the UKIP crashing - less from a swing of Labour to Tory. If I'm looking at it optimistically, Labour might be picking up more votes from the higher turnout, whereas the right-wing party are more splitting the same voters in a different way.
  8. Sunderland's Lib Dem candidate is about 16, by the look of it.
  9. Wait did Newcastle actually pull off this stunning upset?
  10. That dude from CNN just described Theresa May as shooting herself in the foot with one hand tied behind her back. I'm not ok with that.
  11. I had a few weeks of tepid, slightly mopey, but ok, texting with one tinder guy - who is conveniently in Jordan - but i've let even that drop. For one thing, I can't be bothered to keep my phone charged. I have no idea how anyone has the energy for this!
  12. My transportation engineering professor and thesis supervisor used be (is?) a professional bellydancer. I mean, theres brief appearances in music video with a household-name local band. I am not allowed to tell this information - making her the cooles of all professors - to anyone.
  13. Aha! Got the schedule - dinner is at a different place and with a distinct gap in the schedule between it and the last thing before it. And it's a celebratory dinner of some roundish number of years birthday to the organization. Dress it is, I guess? And, um...I only have one hairstyle? And I don't own accessories. Baby steps, baby steps...I've never been able to handle having anything on that's not really clothes. I have trouble with scarves and hats - rings and necklaces and the like make me fidget just thinking about it. Next conference, maybe.
  14. What's the dress code for - once again - an academic conference dinner? I think i've managed to figure out how to dress for the presentations and stuff (talkings-to from both my thesis supervisors have happened) in a way I'm comfortable with, but theres a dinner and its throwing me off. Does that go more formal? (This is in Spain, btw.) I found a dress - longish, kind of 50's-ish, bare shoulders (with straps) - that might work but i'm wondering if that's too dressed up now? Or if it's just that I wear dresses rarely enough that anytime I dig one out - no matter how casual - it feels like fancy dressup?
  15. Hell yeah! In other fun-news of the day, Italy is giving away 103 historical buildings to the public in the interests of renovation. So whoever's been planning that commune, now's the time.