First, I have a couple of work related posts: First Generation American has an awesome post about networking, and my friend @smbaxtersd send me a link to a great post about how there really isn't a shortcut to learning the skills required to be a data scientist. I think that last one is broadly applicable to many fields- as we discussed last week, you have to put in the effort to build the skills.
On a completely unrelated note, I love the recent article in the Guardian from Ariel Meadow Stallings, which completely captures why I dislike the almost reflexive calling of privilege that I run across sometimes, particularly on feminist sites. You should go read the whole thing, but here is one particularly good quote:
"My priorities with online discourse are dialogue and respect. In my little corner of the online world, I keep my focus on constructive critique and articulate, compassionate communication. Shouting down people who disagree with you (even if I agree with your argument) simply doesn't feel productive or helpful. If I had a dollar for every time we have to delete a blog comment that I personally agreed with because it was stated as an attack … I could shift my whole business model. Being an asshole: it's not just for the GOD HATES FAGS people any more."
She also ends with a great checklist to use before writing a comment. Really, go read that article. It is great.
And of course, there have been lots of posts about Mitt Romney's unfortunate binders full of women. Here are some of my favorites:
- Avivah Wittenberg-Cox on HBR discusses the remark in the context of Romney's time as CEO at Bain Capital. Hush has an awesome explanation of why Romney's remarks about women in the workplace are annoying to so many of us women in the workplace.
- Lisa Suennen at Venture Valkyrie has a data filled rant on the topic, looking at the business case for actually hiring more senior women rather than just looking at binders full of them. (This last one also came via @smbaxtersd's twitter stream.)