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You did it! Thank you, and what's next for you and the Ada Initiative!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo


You did it! Over 1100 donors gave over $206,000 to our 2014 fundraising drive. We reached our original goal of $150,000 with 3 days to go, and then you gave another $56,000!!!

This month alone has made a real difference for women in open technology and culture. Not only will your generous donations help fund our 2014-2015 plans including four AdaCamp unconferences for women, the launch of Impostor Syndrome training as a standalone class, and dozens of Ally Skills Workshops, as a direct result of your generous gifts, we are:

Good fundraising is also good activism, and this drive was no exception! Functional programmers banded together not only to raise money but to call on the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) to better publicize their anti-harassment policies. Liz Henry called on hackerspaces to list their anti-harassment policies on the hackerspaces wiki, or adopt a policy if they didn't have one. Several companies and organizations contacted the Ada Initiative to book Ally Skills Workshops or to ask for free consulting on implementing anti-harassment policies.

A woman wearing a fedora with a "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" sticker on it

Which f-word is that?

Good fundraising is also FUN! As a result of this fundraiser, librarians practically have a costume ball going on at an upcoming conference, and they have a new cat-themed skin for open source library catalogue system Koha. Functional programmers threatened to post a video of themselves singing filk songs. Feminists everywhere took selfies while wearing silly hats. As supporter Ryan Kennedy put it on Twitter, "thanks to @adainitiative for working with me to put together a fundraising campaign for them. A+…would fundraise again."

"F-word: Feminism" sticker available for one more week

Black and white sticker with text reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD adainitiative.org"

Over 1000 donors have proved that they aren't afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM! As a thank you, we're making our "Not afraid to say the F-word" stickers available to donors who donate before October 15th, 2014. "Not afraid to say the F-word" t-shirts won't be available till later in the year, but stay in touch to get the first announcement when they are ready!

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Staying involved

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

Donating is just one way to support women in open technology and culture. Check out our list of ways people can help in their everyday lives. Corporations interested in the open technology and culture space can get involved in several ways as well. Consider booking an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace or conference. If you are a feminist woman in open tech/culture, you can apply to attend our 2015 AdaCamps when we announce registration opening. And you can keep up to date with the Ada Initiative's work, AdaCamp and other event announcements, scholarships, calls to action, and similar ways to be part of the movement for change by keeping in touch with us.

Thanks and appreciation

An extraordinary coalition of individuals, communities, and corporations helped make our next year of work possible. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated their time, social capital, or money.

We are very happy that fundraising was such a positive experience for so many of our supporters. It was an uplifting, encouraging experience for us as well, thanks in large part to the many advisors and support staff who were part of making our next year's work possible.

Guido van Rossum wearing "Python is for girls" shirt

Guido van Rossum wearing "Python is for girls" shirt

Thank you to our interviewees and guest writers this month, and your astounding (even — or especially — to us) accounts of how the Ada Initiative has affected your life and work: Ellen Spertus, N. K. Jemisin, Mary Robinette Kowal, Guido van Rossum, Rachel Chalmers, Kronda Adair, Stephanie Zvan, Amelia Greenhall, PZ Myers, Sue Gardner, Netha Hussain and Sumana Harihareswara.

An additional thank you to N. K. Jemisin for donating copies of her novel The Killing Moon and Mary Robinette Kowal for donating copies of her novel Valour and Vanity as donor thank you gifts. Don't forget: a set of hardcover copies Mary's series The Glamourist Histories together with a signed manuscript of the upcoming fifth book Of Noble Family, is being auctioned by Con or Bust right now to raise money for fans of color to attend SFF conventions!

Thank you community fundraisers!

Two smiling women, one wearing a silly tiara

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Each of these campaigns has, as well as supporting the Ada Initiative's important work, made critical and concrete steps to improve their community for women.

If we left you or your community out of this list, thank you and we're sorry!! This fundraiser was so much bigger than we expected and we're sure we lost track of something. Please contact us immediately and we'd be thrilled to add you to this list.

And of course, we thank all of our more than 1100 donors, including the more than 700 who gave us permission to share their names:

@bohyunkim
@cynpy
@cynpy
@elplatt
@gedankenstuecke
@gergdotca
@ianweller
@jstash
@kjrtech
@ReBeccaOrg
@tedder42
@thebackpack08
@TheRealSpaf
@tikkachurin
@urcadox
@vibragiel
@wdonohue
@wickman
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Aaron Levin / Weird Canada
Aaron M
Aaron Miller
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam Glasgall
Adam Lee
Adrienne Roehrich
Alan McConchie
Alejandro Cabrera
AlephCloud Systems
Aliandria
Alice Boxhall
Alicia Gibb
Alina Banerjee
Alison Cichowlas
Alison Hitchens
Allison Granted
allison morris
Allyson J. Bennett
Amandine
Amy F. Bocko
Amy Hendrix
Amy Kautzman
Anaerobeth
Anders Pearson
André Arko
Andre M. Bach
Andrea
Andrea Horbinski
Andrea Snyder
Andreas Dilger
Andrew Berger
Andrew Ducker
Andrew Garrett
Andrew Janke
Andrew Sutherland
Andromeda Yelton
Andy Adams-Moran
Andy Isaacson
Andy Shuping
Anil Madhavapeddy
Anjanette Young
Ankita
Ann Marie The Nurse
Annalee Flower Horne
Anne Jefferson
Annmargar
anon
Anonymous
Anthony Karosas
Antonio D'souza
arduinogirl
Ari
Ari
Ari Blenkhorn
Aria Stewart
Ariaflame
Art Gillespie
Ayla Stein
B. Albritton
Barnaby Walters
bcl
Beau Gunderson
Ben Blum
Ben Chapman
Ben Finney
Ben Hughes
Ben Hughes
Benjamin B
Benjamin Treynor Sloss
Bernard Yu
Bess Sadler
Beth Warner
Bethany Lister
Bill Dueber
Bill Landis
Billie
BKM
Blaine Cook
Bo Brinkman
Bobbi Fox
Brad F
Brenda Moon
Brendan Long
Brent Yorgey
BrerScientist
Brian Nisbet
Britta Gustafson
Bruce Cran
Bruce Cran
Bruce Lechat
Bruce Washburn
Bryan Horstmann-Allen
Burtchen
Camille Baldock
Candy Schwartz
Caridad!
Carl
Carlo Angiuli
Carol Willing
Casey G.
Catalin D Voinescu
Catherine Cronin
Cathy Aster
Cecily Walker
censorydep
Chad Nelson
Charles Hawkins
Charles Hooper
Charles Miller
Chelsea D
Cheng H. Lee
Choo Khor
Chris Adams
Chris Bourg
Chris Ford
Chris Heisel
Chris Jones
Chris Martens
Chris Mulligan
Chris Petrilli
Chris Strauber
Christina McClendon
Christina Schulman
Christine Spang
Chung-chieh Shan
chuy
Cidney Hamilton
Cindy Alvarez
cjs
CKo
clementd
Colin Barrett
Colin Gourlay
Colin Whittaker
Collective Idea
Colleen
Colleen Penrowley
Coral Sheldon-Hess
Corey "cmr" Richardson
Cory-Ann Joseph
Courtney C. Mumma, Artefactual Systems, Inc.
CV Harquail, FeministsAtWork.com
Cynthia Taylor
Dale Askey
Damien Sullivan
Dan
Dan Cohen
Dan Doel
Dan Hicks
Dan Karran
Dan Licata
Dan Peebles
Dan Scott
Dan V
Dan4th
Dana Hunter
Dana McFarland
Daniel Bergey
Daniel Fennelly
Daniel Miller
Daniel Patterson
Daniel Ross
Daniel Schauenberg
Daniel Watkins
Darwin Harmless
Dave & Claudia
Dave Forgac
Dave McAllister
davglass
David & Katie Reid
David Adamec
David Comay
David D
David Glick
David Smith
David Van Horn
Deb Budding
Decklin Foster
Declan Fleming
Derek Merleaux
Derek Willis
Desert Librarian
Dethe Elza
dev
Devin Crain
Diana V
Diane Pittman
Diane Shaw
DigitalOcean
Donald King
Dorelle Rabinowitz
Dorothea Salo
Doug Philips
Dr Kate Devlin
Dr Michael J Maresca
Dylan Thurston
Ed Summers
Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia
Edward Kmett
Edwina Mead
Eevee
Elaine Tindill_Rohr
Elisabeth A. Lloyd
Elizabeth McCarty
Elizabeth Skene
Ellen Spertus
Else
Emily Finke
Eni Mustafaraj
Eric Grosse
Eric Harney
Eric Jay Daza
Eric Nakagawa
Eric Phetteplace
Eric Rasmussen
Eric Sandeen
Eric Sipple
Erin M. Evans
Erin White
Esmé Cowles
estherbester
Evan Silberman
Fabio Natali
fanf42
Felicity Kusinitz
Filip Salomonsson
Flavio (flaper87) Percoco
Florent Becker
Frances Hocutt
Francis Kayiwa
Fredrik Larsson
Gail Swanson
Galen Charlton
Garrett D'Amore
Garrett Rooney
gayatri
Geoff Arnold
Geofon
Gillian
Gina White
Glenn Willen
Gonéri Le Bouder
Gordon Barber
Grace Dunbar
Greg Farnum
Greg Nokes
Greg Petchkovsky
Greg Smith
Gregg Cooke
Gregory Marton
Gretchen Gueguen
Gretchen S.
grumpel
Gunnlaugur Þór Briem
Hailee Kenney
HappyNat – Free Thought Blogs
Harry Percival
Harry Ray
Heather & Joe Ryan
Heinrich Kruger
Helen Halbert
Hilary
Holly Haines
Holly M
Honza Král
Hoop Somuah
igorw
In support of badgersdaughter
Ina Roy-Faderman, M.D.
India Amos
Ines Sombra
InfoZaiku
Irene Burgess
Iris Vander Pluym
Isaac
J. Ian Johnson
Jack Moffitt
Jackie Dooley
Jackie Kazil
Jaclyn Bedoya
Jacob Berg
Jake Holland
jambina
James Gary
James Turnbull
james_
Jamie Hannaford
janet carleton
Janet D. Stemwedel
Janie Hermann
Jannis
Jason Ahrns
Jason Casden
Jason Denen
Jason Griffey
Jason Yip
Jed Davis
Jeff Moyer
jefrir
jen smith
Jen Weintraub
Jen Young
Jen-Mei Wu
Jenn Riley
Jenni Snyder
Jennifer Hickey
Jennifer Hoffman (@astroprofhoff)
Jennifer Vinopal
Jenny G
Jenny Martin
Jeremy P
Jerome Saint-Clair
Jesse Ruderman
Jessi
Jesús A. Rodríguez
Jez Humble
Jill Emery
Jim DelRosso
JK Scheinberg
Jodi Berkowitz
Joe Germuska
Joe Kiniry
Johanna Carll
John
John Barbuto
John C
John Garvin
John Keyes
John Mark Ockerbloom
John P. Murphy
John Radke
John Stemwedel
Jon Evans
Jon Gorman
Jon Kiparsky
Jon Roes
Jon Sterling
Jonas Westerlund
Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan LaCour
Jonathan Rochkind
Jordan Webb
Jordi Bunster
Josef Bacik
Joseph Reagle
Josh Durgin
Josh Marinacci
Josh Matthews
Josh Witten
Joshua Caldwell
Joshua Dunfield
Joshua Zucker
Julia Elman
Julian Cohen
Julie C. Swierczek
Julie Kane
Julie Pagano
Julio O.
Justin Bailey
Justin Holguin
Justine Lam
k7
Kaeti Hinck
Kara Sowles
Karen and Dean Henry
Karen James
Kate Clancy
Kate Losse
Kate Tsoukalas
Kathleen Danielson
Kathleen Quinton
Kathryn Killebrew
Kathy Lussier
Katie Bechtold
kcunning
Kees Cook
Kelly Hills & Nicholas Evans
Kelly Shaw
Ken Keiter
Kendra Albert
Kenny Easwaran
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Kevin Grinberg
Kevin Lyda
Kevin Reiss
Kevin Scaldeferri
Kevin Stranack
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Kim Rottman
Kit La Touche
Konstantin Ryabitsev
Kristy
Krzysztof Sakrejda
kscottz
Kshitij Sobti
Kyle Marsh
L Dalton
Laen
Larissa Shapiro
Lars Hupel
Laura Baalman
Laurel Narizny
Lawrence Rosenwald
leahatplay
Lee Yan Quan
Len Sorensen
Leslie Birch @Zengirl2
Levent Erkok
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Liang Bo Wang
Lillie Chilen
Lim Bun Chun
Lin Clark
Lincoln Loop
Linda Li
Lindsey Austinson
Linnea and Jake
Lisa Snider
Livia Labate
Liz Fong-Jones
lnxchk
Logan Cox
Logan Narcomey
Lucas Bradstreet
Lukas Blakk
Lyle Troxell
Lyn Turbak
Lynn Root
M Popov
M Wallace
Magni
Maik Hoepfel
Malcolm Rowe
Manuel Chakravarty
Marc Epard
Margaret Heller
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Mario Estrada
Marisa
Marius Gedminas
Mark Beatty
Mark Does Stuff
MarkOnTheBluffs
martha
Martijn
Martin Robinson
Matt
Matt (2)
Matt Collins
Matt Critchlow
Matt Shipman
Matthew Garrett
Matthew Ramir
Matthias Urlichs
MATTY FO
Maura Smale
Maureen Brian
Maureen Carruthers
Max Bittker
Max Martin
Max Schoening
Max Whitney
maximum entropy
May Yan
Meagan E
Meagan Waller
Meg Ecclestone
Mel Chua
Mele Sax-Barnett
Merlijn van Deen
Merlin Havlik
Merrilee Proffitt
Michael Creel
Michael Greenberg
Michael JasonSmith
Michael Marineau
Michael Perry
Michael R. Crusoe
Micheal Beatty
Michele & Joel Zinn
Michele Baldessari
Michi Trota
Mika Kaplan, PE
Mike and Yu
Mike Giarlo
Mike Perez
Mike Robinson
Mike Shema
Mike Taffe
Miriam Krause
Mitchell Baker
Mo
Molly Clare Wilson
Monette Richards
Monica Vaughan
Moses Milazzo
Mx A. Matienzo
Nadia Dixson
Naomi Novik
Natalie Freed
Nate Daiger
NateHevens
Nathan Walker
Neel Krishnaswami
Netanel Ganin
Nick Barkas
Nick Coghlan
Nick Disabato
Nick Johnson
Nicola Gaston
Niels de Vos
nigelb
nilasae
Nissa Strottman
Noah Kantrowitz
Noah Silas
NoisyAstronomer
Nolan Brubaker
Olivia Buzek
OSM-er (one of the many)
Ostrijj
Otterfaseowl
Owen Taylor
Pam Chestek
Pamela Auble
Pascale Hammond Lane
Pat Campbell
Pat Hickey
Patricia Hswe
Patrick Lam
Patrick Thomson
Paul Albee
Paul Bracke
Paul Lord
Paul McLanahan
Paul Stansifer
Paula, Mother of Ada
PaulAtNorthGare
Peggy Hamilton
Pensnest
Peter Fishman
Peter Fogg
Peter Inglesby
Peter Kropf
Peter Murray
Peter Tribble
Peter van Hardenberg
Philip Wadler
Pieter Droogendijk
PJ Souders
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Prabhakar Ragde
Priscilla Oppenheimer
ptone
Rachel Chalmers
Rachel Cohon
Rachel Frick
Rachel Sakry
Raf
Ralph Giles
Ralph LeVan
Ranginui
ranti
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Reid Parham
Richard Destry Fronck
Rob Funk
Robert Parker
Robert Read
Robin Champieux
Robin Hammerman
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
Ross Singer
rosser
Roy Tennant
Ruben Orduz
rudeamy
Ruth
Ruthy
Ryan Foushee
Ryan Tyler
Ryan Wright
S + C Wanek
S*Marts Consulting, LLC
Sally Stemwedel
Salvatore Orlando
Sam
Sam Kuehn
Sam Pullara
Samantha Hines
Sandi Clement
Sara Smollett
Sarah Huffman
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah Melton
Sarah Sharp
Sarah Shreeves
Sarah Simpkin
Sarah Thrasher
Scott Hanrath
Scott Moynes
Scott Prager
Scott Ricketts
Sean Gillies
Sean Jensen-Grey
Sean McAfee
Sean McGinnis
Selena Deckelmann
Seth Reeder
Shana L. McDanold
Shannon Prickett, Patron of the Arts
Sharon
Sharon E. Farb
Shawn Cook
Shoshana
Sibyl Schaefer
Simon Anderson (@DreamHostSimon)
Simon Wistow
Sparky
Stacey Cooney
steev'n villereal
Stef Maruch
Stefanie Lueck
Steph, Brian, and Luka Burg
Stephen Crim, Imaginary Bridges
Steve Caldwell
Steve Van Tuyl
stevelle
Steven McDougall
Suda Miller
Susan Tan
Sylvar
Sylvia Sotomayor
Talk Science to Me Communications Inc.
Tara
Tara C Smith
Tara Robertson
Ted Faber
Terri Haber
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theepdinker
Thomas M. Smith
Thomas Wouters
Tim (Tojo) Johnson
Tim Chevalier
Tim Nelson
Tim Perry
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Tracy Teal
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Trevor Munoz
Trey Hunner
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val
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Will Thompson
Willow Dower
Wouter Swierstra
Xelnor
Yoyo Zhou
Yvan Boily
zab
Zach Coble
Zack Glick
Zaida Purizaga
Zulah and Carlos
Zuska

Netha Hussain: “My dream came true! AdaCamp is coming to Bangalore!”

A woman wearing a shawl standing in front of tropical vegetation

Medical student, Wikipedian and AdaCamper Netha Hussain, CC BY-SA Netha Hussain

On the final day of our 2014 fundraising campaign, we interview our amazing long-time volunteer and soon to be three-time AdaCamp alumna, Netha Hussain! Netha is a Wikipedian, writer, and medical student, living in the state of Kerala, India. She attended AdaCamp DC in 2012 on an international travel scholarship from Google. She described her experience this way: "Yes, AdaCamp literally changed my life." Now, two years later, she is helping the Ada Initiative bring AdaCamp to Bangalore!

AdaCamp Bangalore will be the first ever AdaCamp in Asia, and we hope it will be as transformational for others as it was for Netha! We talked to Netha about her initial experiences at AdaCamp and her hopes for AdaCamp Bangalore. To support future AdaCamps, donate now and help us continue to scale up our work!

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Ada Initiative: How has AdaCamp changed your life?

Two women smiling, one with a t-shirt that reads "I edit Wikipedia" and one wearing an Ada Initiative button

Wikimedians at AdaCamp DC
CC BY-SA Adam Novak

Netha: AdaCamp changed my life by giving me opportunities to network with the right people to begin new projects on Wikimedia. I attended AdaCamp in 2012 when I was exploring ideas which I would not have managed to execute on my own. While at AdaCamp, I got to meet many wonderful people who were thinking along the same lines as I was.

Tell us about AdaCamp Bangalore. What are you most excited about? What are your hopes for the event? What new possibilities do you see in holding an AdaCamp in Bangalore?

While at AdaCamp 2012, I expressed interest in bringing AdaCamp to India. Two years later, my dream came true! I am very excited that many South Asian women will benefit from AdaCamp. I am also excited about learning new perspectives and best practices in working with women in open tech from an Indian context, a unique takeaway which only AdaCamp can offer. I hope to see new projects shaping up and women's communities getting more active in South Asia as a result of this camp.

How did you first become involved with the Ada Initiative and what is most important to you about this work?

I first got involved with the Ada Initiative when I received an invitation to participate in AdaCamp DC with a full scholarship. AdaCamp DC had many participants from Wikimedia, the organization I volunteer with. It would not have been possible to develop a lasting partnership with these people without the AdaCamp experience because of cultural communication problems involving communicating solely online.

How has your experience in medical school changed as a result of your involvement with the Ada Initiative?

AdaCamp

AdaCamp sticker

After AdaCamp, I became more sensitive about privacy and medical ethics, which are integral for any medical practitioner. I gained contacts with participants who were working in the healthcare sector elsewhere in the world and learned about their work culture. The fun thing is that the kids at the pediatrics ward loved the Ada Initiative stickers I took back home after AdaCamp. :-)

What is the best thing about AdaCamp?

Two women smiling

AdaCampers in Portland CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

The “unconference” format! I thoroughly enjoyed that I could propose any number of sessions of my choice. The knowledge that I am welcome at any of the parallel unconference sessions and that my perspectives are valued by the attendees is an incredible feeling!

We are grateful for Netha’s vision, commitment and support in bringing AdaCamp to Bangalore! Because of our strong commitment to keeping AdaCamp accessible to all, the Ada Initiative loses money with each AdaCamp that we hold – corporate sponsorships are harder to get for many small AdaCamps around the world, but more we reach the women who need it most that way. Donate now to the Ada Initiative and help us continue to grow the reach of AdaCamp!

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New stretch goal: T-shirts with "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" logo!

A black t shirt with the text "Not afraid to say the F-word: feminism adainitiative.org"

Wow!!! We had to scramble to put together a new stretch goal after our first stretch goal was met in less than 36 hours! Here's what we came up with for a $200,000 stretch goal:

T-shirts. Specifically, feminist t-shirts. Specifically, feminist t-shirts with the words "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" using the design from our new sticker on a black background, in a wide range of straight and fitted sizes to fit a variety of body types.

If we reach our $200,000 stretch goal by Wednesday midnight Pacific time, we will offer these t-shirts as thank-you gifts for donations on our web site later this year in time for December gift-giving. We're not sure what level of donation the t-shirt will be a reward for yet (grumble grumble complicated IRS donation rules) but we do know we will offer them retroactively to people who donated $1024 or more in 2014. If that excites you, donate now (and get matching F-word stickers to tide you over):

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80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Happy AdaCampers!
CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Raising $200,000 will let us scale up our programs to meet the existing demand for them. All three AdaCamps this year sold out weeks early, we're booked with Ally Skills Workshops through to January, and we expect our first standalone Impostor Syndrome Training classes to sell out too!

We're already operating at maximum capacity, so to run enough AdaCamps and training classes for everyone who wants them, we'll need to hire and train more staff. Raising $200,000 will let the Ada Initiative expand to meet the demand for our programs – and give us the time to design and make the very best feminist propaganda possible (like this t-shirt).

Smiling woman

Amelia Greenhall, designer and feminist activist

We will work with the designer of this logo, Amelia Greenhall, to tweak the final design a bit, so the final shirts may not look exactly like this. In particular, we are (perhaps over-optimistically) trying to figure out how to make a shirt that works for breastfeeding, and we generally avoid putting design elements across the breasts. As usual, we will follow the guidelines for feminist t-shirts as laid out on the Geek Feminism wiki and publicized by Alex "Skud" Bayley – highly recommended reading if your organization or conference makes t-shirts! But it will be a black t-shirt with these words and design elements, and we can't wait to try one on!

Help the Ada Initiative expand – and maybe your wardrobe as well! Donate now:

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Sticker reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD: FEMINISM adainitiative.org" on a colorful laptop skin

Help scale up the Ada Initiative's work & 48 hours left to get your feminist sticker pack!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Our yearly fundraiser is ALMOST OVER! With 2 days to go, you've raised over $165,000 to support women in open tech/culture! But that also means you have less than 48 hours to get your feminist sticker pack, including our brand-new "Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM" sticker.

Join over 900 people who donated to the Ada Initiative in the last month and get your feminist stickers before it's too late (or help spread the word if you've already donated):

Black and white sticker with text reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD adainitiative.org"

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The Ada Initiative needs your help to scale up our work across the board in 2015. All three 2014 AdaCamps sold out weeks early, we have Ally Skills Workshops booked through to January 2015, and we will open registration for our first standalone Impostor Syndrome training in just a few weeks! The Ada Initiative needs to grow to serve the demand for our work, and this fundraiser is how we're going to do it!

With just $100,000 raised in 2014, we helped thousands of people in dozens of communities: libraries, skeptics, science fiction and fantasy, open source software, Wikipedia, open street mapping, and much more. And if we hit our next stretch goal of $175,000, we will train 15 Ally Skills Workshop teachers at WisCon 39, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention, where people from at least 5 different open tech/culture communities converge!

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Thank you to the over 900 people who donated to and spread the word about the Ada Initiative over the last month. The donors who gave us permission to publicly list their names are:

@bohyunkim
@cynpy
@cynpy
@elplatt
@gedankenstuecke
@gergdotca
@ianweller
@kjrtech
@tedder42
@thebackpack08
@tikkachurin
@urcadox
@vibragiel
@wdonohue
@wickman
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Aaron Levin / Weird Canada
Aaron M
Aaron Miller
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam Lee
Adrienne Roehrich
Alan McConchie
Alejandro Cabrera
AlephCloud Systems
Aliandria
Alice Boxhall
Alicia Gibb
Alina Banerjee
Alison Hitchens
Allison Granted
Allyson J. Bennett
Amandine
Amy F. Bocko
Amy Kautzman
Anaerobeth
Anders Pearson
André Arko
Andre M. Bach
Andrea Horbinski
Andrea Snyder
Andreas Dilger
Andrew Berger
Andrew Garrett
Andrew Sutherland
Andromeda Yelton
Andy Adams-Moran
Andy Shuping
Anil Madhavapeddy
Anjanette Young
Ankita
Annalee Flower Horne
Anne Jefferson
Annmargar
Anonymous
Anthony Karosas
Antonio D'souza
arduinogirl
Ari
Aria Stewart
Ariaflame
Art Gillespie
Ayla Stein
B. Albritton
Barnaby Walters
Beau Gunderson
Ben Blum
Ben Chapman
Ben Finney
Ben Hughes
Benjamin B
Benjamin Treynor Sloss
Bernard Yu
Bess Sadler
Beth Warner
Bethany Lister
Bill Dueber
Bill Landis
BKM
Bo Brinkman
Bobbi Fox
Brenda Moon
Brendan Long
Brent Yorgey
BrerScientist
Britta Gustafson
Bruce Cran
Bruce Cran
Bruce Lechat
Bruce Washburn
Bryan Horstmann-Allen
Camille Baldock
Candy Schwartz
Caridad!
Carl
Carlo Angiuli
Carol Willing
Casey G.
Catalin D Voinescu
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Welcome AdaCamp Gold Sponsor Web We Want

Web We WantThe Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome Web We Want as a Gold sponsor of AdaCamp, our conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

The Web We Want initiative uses innovative approaches to build support for national and regional campaigns to create an internet that is socially just and observes human rights. The projects key principles are freedom of expression on and offline; affordable access to a universally available communications platform; protection of personal user information and the right to communicate in private: diverse, de-centralized and open infrastructure; and neutral networks that don’t discriminate against content or users.

About AdaCamp

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AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative is holding three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

You did it! New stretch goal: $175,000 to train Ally Skills Workshop teachers at WisCon!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin PhotoWe're amazed – your incredible generosity means we reached our $150,000 fundraising goal 3 days early! So we've create an exciting new stretch goal:

If we raise $175,000 by Wednesday night, we will train up to 15 new Ally Skills Workshop leaders at WisCon 39, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention!

Here's why this goal is so exciting: At WisCon, we can reach hundreds of people in 5 different open technology and culture communities with one 6 hour workshop! If you are excited too, please donate now or help us spread the word!

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple everyday ways to support women in their communities. In three hours, one person can create 30 new advocates for women in their community or workplace. One client said, "We've run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many 'a-ha' moments." All the materials needed to teach the Ally Skills Workshop are available free online under the CC BY-SA license, but most people need to attend a train-the-trainers session before they feel confident teaching the Ally Skills Workshop themselves.

WisCon is the ideal place to teach a train-the-trainers session. WisCon is a crossroads for feminist activists in all areas of open technology and culture: open source software, libraries, Wikipedia, open data, and of course, fandom. If the Ada Initiative teaches 15 people at WisCon to lead the Ally Skills Workshop, we can spread these skills to five communities rather than just one, as would be the case at most other conferences.

OfNobleFamily-400-220x328We have another exciting announcement to make! We've donated one of Mary Robinette Kowal's gifts to Con or Bust: a signed manuscript of the fifth novel in her "Glamourist Histories" series, "Of Noble Family," more than 6 months before it will be released in stores! They're auctioning it off right now.

If you're not already familiar with Con or Bust, it's an organization that raises money to send people of color to science fiction conventions who could not otherwise afford to attend (including WisCon). They do crucial and important work, and Con or Bust's work means even more people will have a chance to attend the Ally Skills Workshop train-the-trainers at WisCon. Con or Bust is auctioning off the manuscript right now, so go bid on it! (We found that even though lots of people donated enough to get the manuscript, they seemed to feel bad about taking "the last one" – the ten copies of MRK's fourth novel in the series were snapped up, though!)

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We're this excited about WisCon! CC BY-SA Adam Novak

The Ally Skills Workshop train-the-trainers program took several weeks to develop and each new session requires about a staff-week of time to prepare and teach, which is time we're not spending organizing AdaCamp or teaching paying workshops. With a staff of 3 people, we can't afford to teach the train-the-trainers for free more than once or twice a year without breaking our budget. But if we can reach our stretch goal of $175,000, we can't think of a more effective and higher-leverage way to spend a week! (Also, WisCon is just plain fun, and we want an excuse to go back.)

We'll leave you with some quotes from Ally Skills Workshop attendees:

"We've run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many "a-ha" moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily." – Anonymous train-the-trainers client

"Change is uncomfortable. This workshop helped me be comfortable about being uncomfortable. Once that is addressed it opens a path for improvement, personally and for our industry." – Kris Amundson

"It gave me some starts towards being comfortable acting in situations of casual sexism—and that would extend to other -isms. I'd like to do it again at some point, to gain even more confidence. I also loved the very explicit focus on consent, the fact that people's dietary preferences were respected, and generally the nice-ness of the whole workshop!" – Kamal Marhubi

Donate now, and help us spread the Ally Skills Workshop to open tech/culture communities around the world!

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Meet our AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead: Alex Bayley

With three AdaCamps in 2014 and four planned in 2015, the Ada Initiative staff can no longer run them all ourselves! Part of our mission is sustainable work practices, which unfortunately sometimes means not always being able to travel. So, for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore we're bringing in one of our most experienced AdaCamp alumni, Alex "Skud" Bayley, to run AdaCamp on the ground, with the assistance of Nóirín Plunkett in Berlin and Suki McCoy in Bangalore.

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Alex "Skud" Bayley, AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead

Alex has been part of AdaCamp right from the start: she secured our Melbourne venue for us, drafted the application process we use to this day and gave us the benefit of her vast experience in running events in open technology and culture. She also joined us as an AdaCamp Portland attendee. Alex is an experienced open technology and culture developer and community leader; she uses open source software and related technologies to effect social and environmental change. She has worked in Australia, the US, and Canada. After leaving San Francisco in 2011, where she had worked as a technical community director for the open data project Freebase, she returned to Australia and started Growstuff, combining her personal interest and experience in veggie gardening and open data. She lives in Ballarat, Victoria, where she works on a variety of open tech projects for social justice and sustainability.

To help you get to know Alex before AdaCamp, we interviewed her about AdaCamps past and present, and the many other projects she's working on right now.

What's your history as an event leader? What were your favourite moments at events you've run in the past?

Alex: I've been organising events for mostly Internet-based communities for about 20 years now. I've always loved the opportunity to meet people face to face who I originally knew online. Some examples include the Melbourne Perl Mongers (a technical meetup group that I founded in 1998), and the Wiscon Vid Party (a fan-made video show held annually at Wiscon, a feminist science fiction convention). I also helped organise the first AdaCamp in Melbourne in 2012.

My favourite moments? I'd have to say I love the moment when an attendee realises that this event is different, that it's something special. We all go to so many events that are formulaic, whether it's a tech meetup with the same speakers and pizza as all the other tech meetups, or conventions with the same sorts of panels and vendor exhibits you see everywhere else. We think we know what to expect. So when someone comes to event and you see their eyes widen and they say "Oh! This is different!", and they realise that an event can make them feel joy or inspiration or belonging, that's what I really love to see.

What did you enjoy about AdaCamp Melbourne and AdaCamp Portland?

At AdaCamp Melbourne, I really loved the venue — an environmental park in Melbourne's suburbs, with a meeting space built from green materials and using passive solar technologies. It meant we had heaps of natural light and fresh air, and the area around us was full of greenery, a farmer's market, and even livestock. It was lovely to be able to feel the sun on your face at lunchtime, and a nice change from meeting in a more traditional convention space. AdaCamp always has a special feel to it because we work hard to make the space welcoming and accessible, but herb gardens right outside the meeting room door and chickens pecking around nearby were really something different :)

In Portland, I was just outright inspired by all the women I met, the amazing projects they're working on, and how smart and passionate and welcoming everyone was. I made some great friends that weekend, and came home with a new commitment to expanding my own skills and using them to make the world a better place. I think AdaCamp gives us a safe space to open up to ideas, and to listen and talk without having to be on our guard against stereotypes, sexist comments, or unwelcome attention, and that's what makes it so easy to fully engage and get the most out of the event.

What are you looking forward to most about AdaCamp Berlin and AdaCamp Bangalore?

I am so excited to meet women from Europe, South Asia, and other areas who are as passionate as I am about both open tech/culture and feminism. Past AdaCamps have helped us form a network of feminists in the open tech/culture field, and this network is now spreading more widely, giving us connections to other points of view and other experiences. This will strengthen our understanding of the issues we face and give us new insights into how we can face them together. I'm especially pleased that each AdaCamp has women attending from further away, so that there's more chance for our ideas to cross-pollinate, rather than being siloed in each region.

What else are you working on right now? Any plans for your visit to Germany and to India?

I'm working on Growstuff, an open data project around food and sustainable agriculture, so I'm going to be meeting with a lot of people and talking about that through my travels. If you're interested in those areas, or if you're looking for a welcoming open source project to get involved in or a chance to learn Ruby on Rails, please get in touch and let's meet! I'm also visiting the UK and will be running a coding event in London the weekend after AdaCamp.

Apart from that, as usual I have about a dozen other projects on the go! I'm making block prints of Grace Hopper, doing software development and tech work for community gardens and appropriate technology, and working with my local library to build up their collection of books by and about same-sex attracted and gender diverse people. I'm looking forward to the long flights to Europe and India as a chance to do nothing for a change :)

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative is holding three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Supporting AdaCamp

AdaCamps are not supported solely by our sponsors: gifts from you, our generous donors, make up a large part of AdaCamp's budget. Support women in open technology and culture and their leading event! Please contribute to more AdaCamps in 2015 by giving to our annual fundraising drive today!

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Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

Help bring the Ada Initiative's Ally Skills Workshop to Skepticon 7!

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Valerie Aurora, Ada Initiative co-founder

Skeptics are raising $5,000 for the Ada Initiative by October 8th – and if we succeed, our executive director, Valerie Aurora, will teach an Ally Skills Workshop at Skepticon 7! The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple ways to fight sexism in their everyday lives, and people love it. Sound exciting? Read on to find out how you can help bring the Ally Skills Workshop to Skepticon!

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Here's what Lauren Lane of Skepticon has to say on why they support the Ada Initiative:

"The Ada Initiative does so much amazing stuff, like offer anti-harassment policies used by hundreds of conferences, give out out information about ally skills for men so women don’t have to fight sexism alone, host feminist conferences for women to share lessons learned and support each other, and are doing amazing work training women to fight Impostor Syndrome and stay involved in open tech/culture. In short, these people are totally kickass and we need them." [Emphasis theirs]

Are you excited yet?? We are, we have heard so much about how fun skeptic conferences are, and Valerie can't wait to meet Stephanie Zvan, PZ Myers, and everyone else we've worked with over the years!

If you'd like to help bring the Ally Skills Workshop to Skepticon, here's what you can do:

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Thank you for your help, and hope to see you at Skepticon!

Skeptic and scientist PZ Myers came for the Ada Lovelace jewelry, stayed for the Ada Initiative's anti-harassment work

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Biologist and skeptic PZ Myers

We can't say enough about PZ Myers, a proud feminist and Ada Initiative supporter! By trade, Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is also founder and co-author of the popular Pharyngula science blog, and a well-known speaker and blogger in the skeptic and atheist community. Read more to find out why he raised $1878 to help us expand our work – and how you can help bring the Ada Initiative to teach an Ally Skills Workshop at Skepticon 7!

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PZ Myers and the scientists in his life

"I come from a very left-wing family that was into the labor movement and the like. So I’ve always been into being egalitarian, and giving everyone a chance," PZ Myers remarks. "My wife is a Ph.D in psychology and my daughter is off at grad school and I just hate to see them being discriminated against." Channeling his anger into activism, Myers speaks out regularly about feminist issues on his blog, Pharyngula, with both searing honesty and an unfailing sense of humor.

"I think in some ways it's a personality trait," he says. "I'm somebody who tends to be outspoken and if I see an injustice I will speak out about it. Racism and sexism are the great injustices of the American system right now. And I just can't sit back and pretend it's not happening. I have to speak out, and I believe that is everybody's responsibility to fight this stuff." That's one reason he has many times over the years used his blog and standing in the community to amplify reports of sexual harassment and publish anonymous reports from people too scared to do so themselves.

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The pendants are gone but you can get a sticker instead!

Myers ran across the Ada Initiative when his daughter was in graduate school in computer science. "I remember there was a drive where you received a necklace with a little Ada Lovelace on it," he says, "and I thought, 'I should get that for my daughter!'"

As he discovered more about the Ada Initiative's work his support became about his own beliefs. One of the things he appreciates most is the impact of our work in just a few years' time: helping conference organizers adopt and enforce anti-harassment policies has a direct impact on women's safety and attendance at skeptic conferences, as well as changed the conversation about sexual harassment throughout the entire community. "That's why I like the Ada Initiative and your work,” he says. "You're actually getting out there and making a tangible difference and that's what we need more of!"

Myers notices this need daily in his own professional life. "I'm a college professor and biology is pretty good – we’ve almost got a 50/50 gender split," he acknowledges. "But my daughter was a tiny minority in computer science. I think I can also speak for my colleagues who would also like to see more women in the field. It just strikes me as an area where we need to improve equality."

Though Myers supports the Ada Initiative yearly, this year he has also become a successful fundraiser for our work! He has been collecting donations on his blog over the past month and as of October 1st, he and the skeptic community raised $1878 for the Ada Initiative. We are so grateful for his support and his activism! Please join him and make a donation today!

This brings skeptics more than a third of the way to their goal of $5,000 by midnight on Wednesday, October 8th. If they make it, the Ada Initiative will teach an Ally Skills Workshop at Skepticon in November! The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple everyday ways to respond to sexism in their daily lives, and is tailored especially for peer-to-peer communities like the skeptic and atheist movement. We're excited too – after working with the skeptic community for so long, the Ada Initiative is excited to meet a few of you in person!

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Great design as activism: Real talk from "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" sticker designer Amelia Greenhall

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The evolution of the f-word sticker design (get yours here)

Once you see it, you won't forget it: the dynamic and attention-getting Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM sticker by Amelia Greenhall. This sticker is the Ada Initiative's thank-you gift for its 2014 fundraising drive (only available till October 8, 2014, so donate now!).

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Amelia Greenhall

Amelia works at the intersection of design, user experience, and data visualization. She's the Executive Director and co-founder of Double Union, a non-profit feminist community workshop, and co-founded the publication Model View Culture. She spends her time reading, writing, biking, climbing, and working on interesting things. We asked Amelia to tell us more about her amazing sticker design.

How did you come up with the idea for the sticker?

Feminism as a "dirty word" is a concept that’s funny because it strikes at the truth of the matter: a lot of people and organizations ARE afraid to say it. The Ada Initiative was one of the first woman-focused tech organizations to actually say the word "feminism." Their work has profoundly changed tech culture, and part of it comes from opening up the ability to identify publicly as a feminist in tech. They’ve brought many of us who aren’t afraid to say "the F-word" together – and given us a way to do something about the problem, by funding the Ada Initiative's work.

The sticker sure is eye-catching! It feels like it has many levels to it, despite being all black and white. How did you achieve that?

From the beginning, I knew I would work with hand lettering for this design because I wanted to create an organic form that stands out against the mass of vectorized, illustrator'd shapes on a laptop. I wanted the fundraiser sticker to be a refreshing visual break from tech culture’s dominant (current) forms, to echo how TAI represents changing tech culture to me.

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Amelia's workspace, with ink and brush

I started by drawing potential layouts in my sketchbook until I found a rough shape that took advantage of the die cut. Then I used brushes and india ink to letter the phrases “Not afraid to” “F-word” in many different ways, and scanned those in at a super high DPI to capture all the little details in the brushstrokes.

Many different handwritten versions of the words "F-word: Feminism" and similar words

Intermediate sketches of the f-word sticker design

Using Photoshop and my Wacom tablet, I moved parts of the scans around until I found a combination of lettering that was playful and eye catching, and easy to read at the size I wanted to print the sticker.

Photoshop screenshot showing level adjustment

The sticker does have many levels! Working from scans of hand lettering let me use Photoshop tools like “Invert” and “Levels” to bring out the natural variations in the ink painted on paper. I wanted to hit a charcoal tint in the background and bring out the rich variations of ink in the letters.

How important are design and memorable images to feminist activism?

So incredibly crucial! One of the things we’re doing with our feminist activism is building our own community and design and memorable images are a huge part in building a movement. We need a visual language to talk about it with, to identify with and gather round. Imagery of high heels and business suits alone won’t cut it. To represent all of us working to improve tech culture – we need things that speak our own language, have tech snark, incorporate our memes. We need propaganda! Especially physical objects like stickers, buttons, totes, and posters – to act as signposts. Things that say “this is us, this is what we stand for!”

Will you be putting this sticker on something you own?

Yes! I’m primarily a printmaker, which means I design so many things that get printed in multiples that I couldn’t possibly keep everything around or my apartment would fill up! But this is a sticker that easily makes the cut.

Here’s how it looks on my laptop!

Silver laptop with f-word sticker on it

What I appreciate about stickers like this one is that they’re so great for signaling affinity. I know that if I see another “F-word” sticker across the room at a coffeeshop or conference, that person is someone who’s also trying to make tech better – someone I may want to go talk to! I also like that this sticker starts conversations – it’s definitely something that catches the eye.

I am a huge fan of the Ada Initiative’s work changing tech culture, so I love when people ask about the sticker – I get a chance to introduce someone to conference anti-harassment policies or ally skills workshops!

Do you say the f-word? F-F-FEMINISM! Donate $128 or more (or $10 a month) to the Ada Initiative before October 8 and receive the F-word sticker as a thank you gift for supporting our work for women in open technology and culture!

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