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  1. Jason

    This is great! Love seeing this Scholarship in action

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  2. Jan Dembowski

    Congratulations to Anyssa Ferreira!

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  3. Dan Gilmore

    Congratulations! This is awesome to read about!

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  4. Álvaro

    I’m very happy that the Community recognizes, in this way, the efforts and merits of its members. Congratulations to Anyssa and her work.

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  5. Ted Clayton

    The strange thing is, computers, programming, content creation and web networking all seem like good openings & settings for females.

    Indeed, “computers” were originally females. People who performed computational projects & routine duties, before digital electronics, were women who did it by hand and with mechanical ‘adding machines’. What happened? What can be done about it?

    ‘What’ happened is fairly well known. Just really why those twists & turns unfolded as they did … and why womens’ former dominance in numerical duties (and Information Management, more widely) did not reassert itself, is less clear or convincing.

    It could be that big parts of this particular gender-imbalance are ‘artifacts’ of circumstances & processes … and that as they arose unplanned & unwelcome (in the case of this field, which is not the case in all fields), they will also recede from the stage, as times change.

    Congratulations to Anyssa Ferreira, and WordPress.

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  6. Hardeep Asrani

    Congrats to Anyssa. Great to hear this news. :)

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  7. Donny

    Congrats

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  8. Al

    Being in my late 60s, I well remember forty to fifty years ago when people (I being one of them) took to the streets, were beaten, jailed, attacked by police dogs, hit with fire cannons, and some even murdered in a struggle to bring about both racial and gender equality in the United States of America.

    Now we have an award where only one gender can qualify… and the vast majority of the community, made up of twenty to thirty-five year olds, supports it.

    Sigh.

    Such progress we’ve made.

    So much sacrifice, by so many, for so long, for (obviously) so little.

    Cry, the beloved country.

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    • Jan Dembowski

      Now we have an award where only one gender can qualify… and the vast majority of the community, made up of twenty to thirty-five year olds, supports it.

      That statement really mischaracterizes this scholarship. Give this a read for a good description of what this is about.

      It’s about encouraging the participation of women in the WordPress community. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Rather than rehashing this all over again, feel free to read my comments from the last time.

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    • Ted Clayton

      Affirmative action is reverse discrimination, true.

      A single action, in isolation (this award) can’t establish that affirmative action policy & practice is in place. We would hardly be surprised, though, to find that it occurs at WordPress and across the industry.

      The Supreme Court has a landmark affirmative action case before it, now. AA has been widespread across the land for many decades (and indeed, per Mr. Trump, around the globe). It was never meant to go on forever.

      To be legitimate, affirmative action must be “justified”. There are criteria, measures, conditions and requirements that apply. Ad hoc or off-hand practices may fly under the radar … but if so, that’s what they’re doing.

      A vital measure of good affirmative action, is that it is effective. That it accomplishes the desired goal. This may be where WordPress et al are in trouble, with efforts to increase female numbers. Can they show that any favoritism practices actually remedy the gender-imbalance?

      The pragmatic dominant reality is probably simply that any & all affirmative action is now on the wrong side of history. We done that, been there, and now we’re moving on.

      Unless a company can show rigorously that a given practice – fudging the thumb on the scales – really makes a valuable difference, it will be hard to justify or defend. And heretofore, they may be increasingly ‘called on it’.

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