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Mary is a Sydneysider, a mother, a feminist activist for women in tech, and an erstwhile computer scientist. She co-founded a women-in-tech non-profit, the Ada Initiative, where she presently works. Mary also writes for Geek Feminism, and, when there's no other suitable venue, for her own blog puzzling.org.

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  1. tigtog
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    It does strike me that in Australia we give a lot of kudos to those who excel in sports, but if you excel in studies you are a dork, particularly among other students… Sometimes, following talks I give in schools, students come to the carpark to ask me science questions, rather than asking them in front of the class… How do we get away from that?

    This strikes me as something that’s got much worse over the last few decades, or did I just go to a particularly nerd/dork/geek-supportive school? I don’t think I did – we lionised our sporting stars plenty. Still, I don’t remember there being a culture of shaming intellectual achievements alongside it.

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