Last year at Ada Lovelace Day Live
I gave a talk on this, pointing out what sacrifices you need to make, and skills and support you need to present a big BBC landmark series. Then I pointed out that there are already women presenting science programmes on the BBC
who have made those sacrifices, have those skills and have great support at home (eg both Alice Roberts' and Maggie Aderin-Pocock's partners took time off work to look after their children so they could go off and film)... So rather than put a bunch of energy into complaining about what "the men" are doing, instead why not publicly, loudly, wildly support the women who are already
presenting science programmes on the BBC instead?!
You know, do something crazy like actually watch their programmes
and tell the BBC how great they are. Why not start a Fuck Yea... Tumblr
for one of them? Run a fan page on Facebook
. Write a love song to one of them, and sing it to them when you meet
. Turn up at one of their live events and then cry when you meet them afterwards (that's what I did after this
). Write some slashfic
(Wait! No! Don't do that. It's creepy.) In short, be wild, screaming fans of women. Those kinds of things matter if you want "the media" to pay attention.
OK. I'm off to cook Brian dinner*.
*Order Indian takeaway.
Note: wants me to point out that the "offending" tweet was by a "guest tweeter".