Thursday, August 14, 2008

Where are the chicks?

Here's a pretty cool project that was sent to me by a co-worker. Being a complete and utter geek everything robotic naturally arouses me in every way possible. Just kidding, not in every way, but still plenty enough.

However, one thing about this projects saddens me a bit, and by no fault of the project participants I might add.

Take a look at the list of credits at the bottom. Three men, the people that did the building and programming of the robot, and one woman. What did the woman do? "Robot costuming"... But of course, since she's a woman she couldn't have done anything engineering-like, right? It had to be something with clothes (although calling it clothes might in this case be stretching the term a bit). *sigh*

Don't get me wrong here. I'm not blaming Fannie White for anything and I'm sure she's capable of doing lots of things that have nothing to do with costumes. I just find it a bit sad that when I for once see a woman mentioned in a project like this, her assignment is very stereotypical for what the male-dominated world we live in typically thinks women are good for.

Any female engineers out there? I hope so. I really, really hope so. Just like I wish they'd be featured more prominently than they are.

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