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Get involved with The Coding Girls

Guest post by Aishwarya Singh Growing up, I loved to play in the dirt and in sand boxes, but was told that was super dirty. People still ask me; “Why are you so obsessed with The Flash? That’s so boyish. You’re never gonna get a boyfriend that way.” First of all, screw you for saying…

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10 Funny Feminists you should check out on Twitter

By Amy Callaghan Twitter has the potential to be an incredibly grim place, particularly for women. Often, women receive insults, hate and even threats from those – usually men – who take issue with what they say publicly, even if they didn’t particularly intend to make any kind of statement. Fortunately, amidst all the negativity,…

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Research Blog: Computing Belonging for Girls in STEM

Dear SPARK Readers, Happy Women’s History Month! Okay, let’s do a little exercise. Close your eyes and picture a “computer scientist.” Who is it that you picture? If the very first image that comes to mind is of, well, a man, alone in an office surrounded by computer bits, you wouldn’t be alone. Research shows…

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What comes with the wave

A guest poem and video by Hollie Cooper Perhaps I’m not like you at all. Yes, most definitely not like you. Definitely afraid of you. I’m not here for beauty. Nor for rules. Just to be. Not to get caught in a tiresome wind. Not to dance like a kite but to fly away. The…

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Ode to the teenage diary

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I feel as though when I say that I keep a diary, people look at me differently. There’s something judgemental in their response. That’s something that I’m used to, because I was a teenage girl for a pretty long time, and I’m a massive One Direction fan – most people tend to…

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The Diplomatic Disaster of Trump’s Relations with China

By Amy Callaghan The relationship between the US and China is one of the most significant relationships of the 21st century. China’s role as an international power and its place as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council means that it is a vital and powerful ally to the US internationally. US concerns…

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Content Notes 101

By Yas Necati Whilst reading through our site or others, you might have come across some posts that are marked at the beginning with something called a content note. In case you’re wondering what that is and why we use it, here’s a quick guide. What is a content note? A content note is usually…

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Abbatoir Floor

A poem by Kaylen Forsyth Content note: Violent and sexist language, gender based violence and harassment my name changes from BABY to HONEY, NEARLY DRUNK ENOUGH, DARLING to BITCH. i always thought i’d love the first boy to talk in poetry, but i craved metaphors of moonlight, not war-talk and violence: BANG, SCREW, NAIL, DESTROY.…

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