“The field of computer science is dominated by men. It has not always been that way,” reports NPR’s Planet Money, alongside a stark graph that summarizes the story of women in computer science. It shows how women were steadily gaining momentum and even parity in computer science majors up until the mid 1980s – 1984 to be exact – before starkly and swiftly dropping to abysmal numbers. So what happened?
My generation – the fabled tech-obsessed, selfie-taking millennials – has opted to code apps rather than cut fabric. A limited number of millennials knows how to mend an item. Even fewer know how to actually use a sewing machine. I vowed to not be one of those numbers when I taught myself how to sew. And here is what I learned when I learned how to sew.
Upcycling is the process of recreating something new and better from old items and is one of the most innovative ways to transform the fashion industry. This post covers a few innovative, early-stage upcycled fashion and accessories companies that are transforming the industry stitch by stitch. By using deadstock or leftover materials and/or employing undeserved workers, they are truly fashioning a better world.
First recorded by John Ray in the 17th century, the well-known proverb "the early bird gets the worm" means that the person who arrives early (and typically earliest) will be successful. The saying is both a statement of fact and a call to action. On one hand, it simply states that the first one to arrive will be more successful than the latecomers. On the other hand, it's a challenge to try to be the first one to arrive. But arrive early for what?