First Woman Wins Turing Award for Computer Science
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emeritus, won the Turing Award in Computer Science, becoming the first woman to receive the honor. The award, which has been presented by the Association for Computing Machinery since 1966, is often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing." Allen's contributions to program optimization, parallel computing, and other industry endeavors granted her the association's attention, and ultimately the prize. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
A pioneer for women in computing, Allen spoke with CNET News about her experiences as a woman in the field of technology. She recalled her time as a manager at IBM, saying, "I remember walking into an auditorium which had many managers in it as IBM and I counted four women among well over 100 people in the room." When asked what advice she wished she was given when she started her career, she responded, "Not to get so frustrated sometimes when you can't get your way."
Allen plans to create a scholarship fund for working class computer science students with the award money.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .