Women in Technology and Science

WITS Reads 28 July 2020

  • 30 June 2020

WITS Reads - Discover Together

Feed your heart, and your head to enable your hand - the 3Hs framework is simple and effective because motivation precedes action. In keeping with our other efforts, WITS Reads aims to support women in STEM to reach their full potential.

In the past in Cork and Dublin we've read along with STEMMinist Book Club led by Jane O'Hara and we'll continue to include their recommend read in our choices.

For the June book club, Lab Coats and Lace was selected. Thanks to WITS members, old and new, who joined in our WITS Reads discussion on 23 June. It lively and interesting and good to hear the different views of the book and the women in it. Thanks to Jane Morgan for managing and hosting the event.

The July book is Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. We'll discuss it viaZoom on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 8 pm. As before email WITS to take part and to join the WITS Reads group on Good Reads.

Why Participate in WITS Reads

Maybe you read for fun. Maybe you read something with ideas so compelling you like to hear what others think e.g. Thinking in Systems: a Primer by Donella Meadows (Author), Diana Wright (Editor).

Maybe you started a wonderful book but need a little encouragement to finish it. Misbehaving by Richard Thaler. Maybe you need a bigger push to read something that's been on your back-burner list too long............ Or maybe you wonder if its worth it. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World.

"reading allows people to feel all aspects of the human experience more deeply", Oprah

We focus on women in technology and science, and lean a little towards Ireland's on-going contribution to knowledge development. That might mean biographies, such as, exploring the work of Irish scientist or it might mean related fiction, such as the classic sci-fi novels by Octavia E Butler. Either way you’ll participate in the choice.

We'll get together around once a month. The plan is to sit down face-to-face every second month in Dublin city center, and every alternative month via video conferencing. The suggested schedule is the first Tuesday in every month at 8pm. However we'll start on 23 June 2020 with virtual meeting.

What We'll Talk About

A flexible structure supported by a Goodreads group, which is free to join and use, will help us to get to know each other, and to hear the diversity of our voices. Like all good science and technology, we'll evolve how the group proceeds and apply what we learn. Join WITS Reads now by emailing info@witsireland.com and to learn more.

About Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being.

About Lab Coats and Lace

The Lab Coats and Lace ebook was launched on 4 January 2020 at Airfield Estate, Dundrum at a most enjoyable WITS event for Nollaig na mBan. Edited by WITS founder Mary Mulvihill, Lab Coats and Lace - the Lives and Legacies of Irish Inspiring Women Scientists and Pioneers was published in 2009, and now is available in Kindle version. You can get your ebook at £4.50 in Amazon. The paperback book is almost out of print.

Read about some of the Irish women featured here who over the last 150 years, have led the way, many of them in non-traditional careers and often fighting institutionalised discrimination, yet going on to achieve national and international recognition.