Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, calls the fight to attract girls and young women to high-tech careers “our generation’s major frontier for equal outcomes for women.” And Sandberg has a counterintuitive suggestion for how to close that gap: “Let your daughters play video games. Encourage your daughters to play video games!” she told me in an interview last fall.
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The Chess Game. 1555. Museum Nardowe, Poznan (Poland)
Women have been playing games forever as depicted by the beautiful painting from 1555. Painted by a female artist.
Sofonisba’s most famous paintings, The Chess Game, in which Sofonisba portrays two of her sisters Lucia and Europa playing chess while another sister, Minerva, and their nurse looks on, to convey a message of female intellectual capacity. Mary Garrard explains that the rules of chess had changed around this time, making the queen the most powerful pawn in the game and she hypothesizes that Sofonisba was probably making a statement about women’s intelligence by depicting an all female group situated around a chess-board.