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Mary is a Sydneysider, a mother, a feminist activist for women in tech, and an erstwhile computer scientist. She is presently on leave from her non-profit the Ada Initiative.
Mary also writes for Geek Feminism, and, when there's no other suitable venue, for her own blog Lecta.
This author has written 90 posts for Hoyden About Town. Read more about Mary »
By Mary on August 22, 2012
In response to Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Blog Book Week challenge, I remember how I read Melina Marchetta’s Looking For Alibrandi when I was in high school.
By Mary on August 21, 2012
In response to Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Blog Book Week challenge, I remember how Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow affected me as a young teenage reader.
By Mary on August 11, 2012
Warming bellies with cream of mushroom soup, slow cooked meat, apple crumble and other noms. What are you cooking this winter?
By Mary on April 15, 2012
It’s been a couple of years since an entirely gratuitous Terry Pratchett thread, and a Twitter discussion asked about favourite Pratchett novels, with a focus on readers new to Pratchett. What think you?
By Mary on February 27, 2012
I propose a meetup for March. It will likely be south of the harbour this time. If you’d like to come along, please indicate your preferred date at this Doodle poll.
By Mary on February 23, 2012
Hoydens are aware of all Internet traditions! But we share our hard-won cultural knowledge! This week, we introduce you to the tradition of Not Quite Feminist Phil!
By Mary on February 22, 2012
By Mary on January 27, 2012
Marita Cheng is the Young Australian of the Year winner this year. In 2008, early in her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, she founded Robogals, which is an engineering and computing outreach group.
By Mary on January 13, 2012
There’s something about women cricketers… they just can’t confine themselves to one sport, dammit!
By Mary on January 8, 2012
I’ve been in the water with a lot of sharks: leopard sharks, wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, grey and white tipped reef sharks and grey nurse sharks. What’s a scary thing I’ve encountered diving? That dreaded apex predatory homo sapiens. Homo sapiens is of course the big threat to today’s Endangered Sunday species, the grey nurse shark or carcharias taurus.
By Mary on January 8, 2012
In my years on the ‘net, I’ve seen any number of people want to interview others or get them to take surveys for everything from a short high school or undergraduate paper through to graduate research projects and books. And they so seldom manage to meet basic ethical guidelines for making sure they aren’t wasting their participants’ time at best or endangering them at worst.
By Mary on December 30, 2011
Reminder: submit now (by Jan 2 at the latest) for the 44th Down Under Feminists Carnival!
Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in December. Submissions are due on 2 January at the latest, but the earlier the better!
By Mary on December 29, 2011
Hoydens are aware of all Internet traditions! But we share our hard-won cultural knowledge! This week, we introduce you to the tradition of the Status Cat.