Chronicle Of Higher Education Updates Its Title IX Tracker

The Chronicle of Higher Education has updated its Title IX Tracker. “The Chronicle wants to shed light on the federal-enforcement process. We introduced a Title IX tracker in January, including all investigations in this wave of enforcement — since the civil-rights office issued a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, in April 2011, putting colleges on notice — and this week we added several new ways to use it. Our goal is to let people keep up with the process and other developments on campuses under review.

Why Do So Few Women Edit Wikipedia?

Harvard Business Review: Why do so few women edit Wikipedia? “Two professors, Julia Bear of Stony Brook University’s College of Business and Benjamin Collier of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, decided to explore the issue from the perspective of women who had been behind the scenes. They analyzed a subset of the original 2008 survey data to see whether the experience of editing articles differs for women and men, and whether this influences how much they edit. They found clear differences. Women reported feeling less confident about their expertise, less comfortable with editing others’ work (a process which often involves conflict), and reacting more negatively to critical feedback than men. The results were published in the journal Sex Roles in January.”

Research: Gender and Language Use on Facebook

The New York Times writes about a study on gender and language on Facebook. “Women used warmer, gentler words in their status updates on Facebook compared to men, who were more likely to swear, express anger and use argumentative language, a study of 10 million postings released on Wednesday found.” Maybe my Facebook feed is an outlier

Database of Women in Filmmaking Will Expand Globally

A database of Nordic women in filmmaking is expanding globally. “The Swedish Film Institute continues its pioneering work to achieve gender equality in film, including the launch of a new website that will be “a kind of Wikipedia” for female filmmakers. At, there are already 700 filmmakers listed, from cinema’s start in 1895 to today. The list will be expanded globally.”

Smithsonian Launches Digitization Project for Cosmetics and Personal Care Items

The Smithsonian has launched a personal care and cosmetics digitization project. “The National Museum of American History, with the support of Kiehl’s, plans to extend the collection to the Web through the Cosmetics and Personal Care Collections Digitization Project. A museum specialist will identify, photograph and provide descriptive information for the cosmetic and personal care objects collection on the Web. The project will allow the museum’s collection of cosmetics and personal care products to be accessed online for education and research around the world. Digitization initiatives of this type are a priority for all Smithsonian museums and research centers.”

Preserving Latina Culture Through Instagram

New-to-me: I have pointed before to Instagram being used as a digital archive. Yesterday I read about another Instagram feed which crowdsources pictures of Latina women from the 1990s and before with the intention of preserving and celebrating their heritage and culture. “The account, which has more than 57 thousand followers, is supported predominately by users, who submit photos of themselves and their crews from the ‘90s or earlier. “

Google Employees Propose More Emoji For Women

A group of Google employees wants to see more women’s emoji. “In a recent submission made to the Unicode Consortium [PDF], the body responsible for approving new emojis, a group of Google employees has proposed ‘a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere.’”

Google Announces Initiatives for Women on YouTube

Google has announced new initiatives to support women on YouTube. “…we’re announcing two new programs to continue championing female voices on YouTube. The first is a new, year-long partnership with the United Nations that appoints top YouTube female creators as the very first Change Ambassadors for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Action campaign. The second is a global production program across the YouTube Spaces that puts women both in front of and behind the camera.”

Database of Female Experts

Now available: a database of female experts in various things. Actually it’s not so much a “database” as a “ruthlessly-organized WordPress site,” but there are lists of experts here. The story I’m pointing too focuses on female political scientists, but there are actually all kinds of topics here. (It does seem to be very political science focused, however. For example, there’s a “Science & Technology Policy” section, but no “Science & Technology” or “Internet” section that I can find…)

New Database of Info About Pregnancy and Pre-Term Birth

Now available: a new database with information about pregnancy and premature birth (PRESS RELEASE). “The new database, called GEneSTATION, combining the words “gene” and “gestation” — is a resource designed to help researchers leverage the growing knowledge of the human genome and its function to advance their understanding of the triggers for full-term, as well as preterm labor. The goal is to develop new ways to prevent and treat preterm birth (before 37 weeks of gestation)….The GEneSTATION database brings together various types of information, such as genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics, among others, for 23 mammalian species. That data also is linked to other specialized clinical databases with information about human pregnancy-specific disorders.”

Online Exhibition: Women & The World of Dime Novels

The new online exhibition “Women and the World of Dime Novels” is now available. “Women and the World of Dime Novels… is divided into two main sections: the Tropes and the Women. The Tropes section provides an overview of six of the more common character tropes I have found in dime novels, such as the Brokenhearted Wife or the Ruined Woman. The Women section explores specific characters from the dime novels, providing summaries of their stories, highlighting how they exemplify certain tropes.”