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Geek spaces must move beyond "Kumbaya" – Award-winning author N. K. Jemisin on why she supports the Ada Initiative

Book cover with the image of a huge red moon over a city on a plateauAt the Ada Initiative, we're fans of N. K. Jemisin's work – all of it! She's an award-winning author, a powerful speaker, and one of the earliest and most eloquent voices in the fight against harassment of women and people of color in the science fiction and fantasy community. We are thrilled to offer a copy of N. K. Jemisin's novel "The Killing Moon" to the next 36 people who donate $128 or more to support the Ada Initiative's work fighting harassment in geek communities.

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Award-winning author N. K. Jemisin

"I've been a black female geek all my life," says award-winning author N. K. Jemisin, "and I have struggled with inclusiveness in geek spaces. I have heard the excuses: 'There is no harassment, racism, or bigotry in geek space. We sit around singing "Kumbaya" and coding.'"

What Jemisin actually experienced when she joined geek spaces was, of course, totally different: the racism and sexism were bad enough that she nearly did not pursue her career as a professional writer because of it. "Early on, I ventured onto Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine's online forum, back before there was any moderation," she remembers. "The bigotry and sexism were overwhelming. And here I am, dipping a toe in thinking these are supposed to be my people."

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Get your copy of "The Killing Moon" by donating $128 or more

Anyone who has read N. K. Jemisin's books, stories, and blog knows how lucky we are that she persevered anyway, and became an award-winning professional writer and a sought-after speaker. Her debut novel, "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms," set in the aftermath of a world-wide war between the gods, won the Locus Award and was short-listed for many other awards, including the Hugo. Her "Dreamblood" series explores themes of power and corruption in a fully-realized society inspired by ancient Egypt. Her Guest of Honor speeches at WisCon 38 and Continuum received widespread acclaim. Many of us are used to reading fiction while braced for throwaway racism or sexism and unimaginative, derivative retellings of familiar themes. Pick up a Jemisin book or story and you can enjoy yourself, braced only for new ideas and brilliant writing.

Having encountered harassment and racism in many conference environments, Jemisin supports Ada Initiative's anti-harassment policy work and Ally Training Workshops which teach men simple everyday ways to speak up for and support women in their workplaces and communities. "Ally training work is essential," Jemisin says, stressing that harassers in geek space are the minority, and empowered allies can speak up to teach them that they don’t run the show. "Harassment is a learned behavior. Bigotry is a learned behavior. These behaviors have to be unlearned."

A green card with a picture of N. K. Jemisin looking at a small green monster, with the text "N. K. Jemisin, PC Monster, Writes amazing, critically acclaimed, award-winning fiction despite being neither white nor male!!! Uses Guest of Honor platform to brainwash audience with her radical-socialist-fascist-PC message of treating all people as human beings. +5 cloak of Not Taking Any of Your Sh*t.On a lighter note, N. K. Jemisin's work fighting racism and sexism in speculative fiction was commemorated in a tongue-in-cheek collectible playing card created by Jim C. Hines. The description mocks the hyperbole of the people trying to hang on to the racist, sexist old days, and includes "Uses Guest of Honor platform to brainwash audience with her radical-socialist-fascist-PC message of treating all people as human beings." We're honored to be working with her towards that reprehensible goal. :)

We hope you'll follow N. K. Jemisin's lead and donate to support the Ada Initiative's anti-harassment work. If you don't have a critically acclaimed award-winning novel to donate, perhaps instead you can give $128 and get a copy of "The Killing Moon" – and our new sticker, "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism."

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Librarians donate over $10,000 to the Ada Initiative!

Librarians and archivists are an essential part of open technology and culture – the original open data, you might say. So we shouldn't be that surprised that the library community raised over $10,000 to support the Ada Initiative's work fighting harassment at conferences and teaching ally skills to men!

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Andromeda Yelton by Molly Tomlinson

Andromeda Yelton, Bess Sadler, Chris Bourg, and Mark Matienzo pledged to match up to $5120 donated by librarians to the Ada Initiative. We planned to run this challenge for 5 days, but instead they reached their match in less than 24 hours! We are announcing stretch goals like this one for $8192 on the Twitter hashtag #libs4ada. If you are part of the library community, you can join Andromeda, Bess, Chris, and Mark and donate at this link to support women in open technology and culture. If you aren't, please donate at this link instead.

Here are a few of the blog posts the library community wrote:

The Ada Initiative Has My Back by Bess Sadler
Why I support the Ada Initiative. (You, too?) by Andromeda Yelton
This librarian supports the Ada Initiative by Chris Bourg
Support the Ada Initiative by Jason Griffey
The Power of Powers of 2 by Roy Tennant
The Ada Initiative Needs Your Help by Jake Berg
Why the Loon supports the Ada Initiative by the Loon
i support the Ada Initiative by Amy Buckland
Why this librarian supports the Ada Initiative by Erin White

Join the library community in supporting women in open technology today! If you donate $128 or more, you will get our new "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" sticker, too!

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Will trade stickers for blog posts: Get the "Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM" sticker

Sticker reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD: FEMINISM adainitiative.org" on a colorful laptop skinAre you excited about the new Ada Initiative "Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM" sticker, but can't donate $128 right now? Did you already donate in 2014 and want to get the sticker without donating again? Do you want to support women in open technology and culture some way other than donating? You can!

We will send you a feminist sticker pack if:

  • You write a blog post after today about how the Ada Initiative has affected you, and ask people to donate in it, or
  • You already donated $128 or more in 2014 and promise to share photos of your stickers on social media, or
  • Someone at the Ada Initiative sent you this link and told you to get free stickers

Or you can donate $128 now and get your F-word stickers the old-fashioned way!

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Three women smiling, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin PhotoOffer expires September 15, 2014. If you're not sure what to write in a blog post, we have helpful hints on our "Spread the word" page. And yes, we ship internationally!

Dr. Ellen Spertus is not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM!

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Dr. Ellen Spertus: Not afraid to say the F-word

"Why are there so few female computer scientists?" That was the title of Dr. Ellen Spertus' first major publication, written in 1991 when she was an undergraduate at MIT. "I grew up programming computers and before long I wondered why there weren't any other girls doing what I liked to do," she recalls.

Today, Ellen is a Professor of Computer Science at Mills College and a Research Scientist at Google. She has mentored countless girls and women in entering and contributing to computer science, and recently joined the Ada Initiative's board of advisors. "As a computer science professor at a women's college, I support the Ada Initiative because they improve the environment my students will work and play in," she says. "There's no point encouraging women to enter the pipeline if there's a meat grinder at the end." That's why Dr. Spertus donates to the Ada Initiative – and hopes you will join her in donating today.

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Valerie Aurora, Ada Initiative co-founder

Valerie Aurora, a computer programmer and an Ada Initiative co-founder, didn't start wondering where the other women were until she was much older. "In 2001, I realized that out of the hundreds of people working on the Linux kernel with me, I couldn't think of a single other woman." She started searching the Internet for clues to this massive disparity and found Ellen's work, which she read and re-read. "Without Dr. Spertus as a leader and a role model, the Ada Initiative might not exist."

Ellen started writing about and advocating for women in computer science when she took a class at MIT with Sherry Turkle. She had read the "Barriers to Equality" report laying out the ways women were marginalized in the computer science program at MIT. Inspired to write a term paper on the subject, she wondered if she would be able to write 25 pages on the subject – and surprised herself by writing 100!

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Women enjoying a conference with an anti-harassment policy

The focus and passion born in that moment play out today in both her teaching and research. She supports the Ada Initiative because "I am grateful that the Ada Initiative is out there holding companies and people accountable," she says. "And the work is incredibly effective. Just a couple of years ago, there were only a few people talking seriously about anti-harassment policies at conferences. Now it has become a mainstay."

During her tenure at Mills, a trans-inclusive women's university, she has directed and still mentors students in a late-entry computer science program, supporting people of all genders in entering the field later in life than their undergraduate years. Some of her favorite research at Google is focused on bringing computer science to kids – through projects such as App Inventor and Hour of Code – in a gender-inclusive way.

We're incredibly grateful for Dr. Spertus' support, as an advisory board member and as a donor! We hope you'll join Ellen and donate today to support women in open technology and culture (and get our spiffy new "Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM" sticker).

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Show the world you're not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM! New sticker for 2014 fundraising drive

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Could these AdaCampers be FEMINISTS?

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"Are you sure you want to use the F-word?" a worried friend asked us. The word she meant was "feminist" – which we had just plastered all over the website for AdaCamp, the Ada Initiative's conference for women in open technology and culture. After all, she pointed out, when was the last time a large corporation donated $50,000 to a non-profit that called itself feminist?

That's one reason why most of the Ada Initiative's funding comes from people like you – people who aren't afraid to say the f-word! Now you can get the Ada Initiative's brand new "F-word" sticker, created by designer and feminist activist Amelia Greenhall.

We're sending 3 copies of the F-word sticker (plus a few more Ada Initiative stickers) to everyone who donates $128 or more to support women in open technology and culture before October 8, 2014, during our 2014 fundraising drive.

The sticker is 2.25 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall (5.7 cm x 3.8cm) and die-cut. Now you can proudly identify as a feminist every time you use your laptop, ride your bike, or walk with a cane – the possibilities are endless!

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About the Ada Initiative

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Your donation goes to the Ada Initiative, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity dedicated to supporting women around the world in open source software, Wikipedia, fan/remix culture, and similar areas. We lead the movement to adopt anti-harassment policies at conferences and conventions, run AdaCamp unconferences for women in open tech/culture around the world, teach men how to support women in their communities, and help women overcome Impostor Syndrome.

Show the world you aren't afraid to use the f-word, and support women in open technology and culture everywhere! Donate today!

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FAQ

Why $128? What is with your weird donation amounts?

Our donation amounts are powers of two: $128 = 2^7 or 2*2*2*2*2*2*2. Powers of two are quite common when working with computers, and it makes our donation amounts a little more interesting!

Did you know Béyoncé was going to make feminism cool again when you designed this sticker?

We swear, the new stickers were already printed and sitting in a box in Valerie's apartment when we saw the photos from Béyoncé's VMA show on Twitter. We are incredibly happy that Béyoncé is using her star power to make identifying as a feminist more popular.

What is open technology and culture?

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AdaCamp attendees
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Open technology and culture is a term we made up to include open source software, Wikipedia, fan fiction, and similar areas. It's anything where people collaborate on and share their work over the Internet and let other people reuse and share the result. For example, anyone can read Wikipedia, or edit Wikipedia, or reuse things from Wikipedia (as long as they credit the creators properly).

Why do we need more women in open technology and culture?

In many (but not all cases), open tech/culture communities are overwhelmingly male (and overwhelmingly white). Wikipedia is averaging around 10-15% women editors, and open source software is only about 2% women according to the most recent study. At the same time, Wikipedia and open source software are changing the world we live in – most of Google, Facebook, and Twitter's servers are based on open source software, as are Android phones and the Firefox web browser. We believe that women have to be involved in the creation, design, and use of the Internet or it won't serve women needs and desires.

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How you can stay involved in the Ada Initiative plus final fundraising thank-you

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CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

Thank you all for your help getting us to our fundraising goal for 2013! Over 400 donors gave more than $107,000 total, beating our original goal of $100,000 with 2 days to spare. We will use this funding to continue and expand our programs to support women in open technology and culture, including our most popular programs:

  • Impostor Syndrome training: Teaching women to overcome fears of being a fraud and a fake, a significant factor in whether women get involved, stay in, and become leaders in open tech/culture
  • Anti-harassment work: Expand our work into codes of conduct in online communities and other non-conference spaces, while continuing to support conference anti-harassment work in many communities
  • AdaCamp unconferences: Bringing people together from across open technology and culture to share best practices, build networks, and learn skills

None of these programs would be possible without your support and that of all of our many sponsors and donors. Thank you for making it possible for us to change thousands of lives for the better!

Staying involved

Donating is just one way to support women in open technology and culture. We've put together a 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. If you would like to 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, here are several ways to keep up 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.

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Leigh Honeywell

We were also happy to hear so many positive stories from people who made matching grant challenges, blogged about their experiences with the Ada Initiative, or otherwise reached out during this fundraising campaign. Many people told deeply personal stories and honored the people they felt closest too: parents, children, grandparents, teachers, and personal heroes. Several people were amazed by how many people in their community supported women strongly enough to donate, and are hopeful for positive change in the future. Others thought that the opportunity to speak out about their most deeply held values was its own reward. And finally, many people told us about career or business opportunities that came directly out of fundraising for Ada Initiative.

We are incredibly thrilled 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.

Specifically, we would like to thank our matching donation challenge sponsors:

Everyone who wrote a blog post:

The many people who shared our fundraising drive with their friends, colleagues, and families.

And of course, all of our 400+ donors, including the donors who gave us permission to share their names:

@duckasaurusss
@elwing
@KathleenLD
Ada Lavee Fox
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam DiCarlo
aimeeble
Alan Coopersmith
Alex Gaynor
Alex Payne
Alison Cichowlas
Allison Morris
Amanda Skellenger
Amber June Blahnik
Amelia Greenhall
Amy Hendrix
Amy Rich
Andrea J. Horbinski
Andy Dirnberger
Annalee Flower Horne
Art Kaufmann
Arthi
Audrey Roy
Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson
Barbara Hui
Ben Chapman
Ben Combee
Bess Sadler
Betsy Haibel
Bill Nottingham
Brad Montgomery
Brenda Moon
Brian and Jennifer Luft
Brian DeRocher
Brian Kung
Brian Neal
Brian Nisbet
Brion Vibber
Britta Gustafson
Bro. Dave Lister
Carl Trachte
Carol Willing
Caroline Simard
carols10cents
Celeste
Chris Ford
Chris McDonough
Chris Minn
Chris Tierney
Christine Spang
Colleen Penrowley
CV Harquail
Dana Caulder
Daniel Lindsley
Daniel Quinn (@searchingfortao)
Daniel Ross
Daniel Trembath
David Comay
Deb Nicholson
Decklin Foster
Denys Howard
Derek Willis
Dominic Mazzoni
Dorothea Salo
Dwayne Litzenberger
Echa Schneider
Eirik Nilsen
Elizabeth Lorang
Elizabeth Ragavanis
Emily Oleksyk Sweeny
Emmanuele Bassi
Eric Grosse
Eric Palakovich Carr
Esa Vesalainen
Ethan Glasser-Camp
Eugene Eric Kim
Fredrik Larsson
Garrett Rooney
Gayle Karen Young
geeksdoitbetter
Glenn Siegman
Glenn Street
Greg Hilliard
Heath Anderson
Heidi Cautrell
hjwp
Holden Karau
Holly French
Hooshyar Naraghi
Ian Bolf
India Amos
Isobel Hadley-Kamptz
Jack Moffitt
James E. Pace
James Turnbull
Jamie Norrish
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Jane Hammons
Janet D. Stemwedel
Jason Thibeault
Jean Kaplansky
Jed Davis
Jed Hartman
Jeffrey Wear
jen smith
Jenny Dybedahl
Jenny Gardiner
Jerome D'Acquitaine
Jess Hamrick
Jim Blandy
Jiten Vaidya
Joe Murphy
John Bennetts
John Jacobsen
John McNamara
Julia Elman
Justin Husted
Kaitlin Devine
Kalina Wilson
Kalle, from Helsinki
Karl A. Krueger
Katherine Elliott
Katherine Scott
Katie Bechtold
Kellie Brownell
Kent Crispin
Kevin Fenzi
Kevin S. Clarke
Kim Stone
Kim Varnell
Kimberly Munoz
Kris Howard
Kristal Pollack
Kristina Kerr Bergman
Kurt Van Etten
Kym Maxham
Lacey Powers
Larissa Shapiro
Laura Dragan
Lincoln Loop
Lisa Seeman
lizTheDeveloper
Lord Darkraven Fierce-Eyes
Louis Wasserman and Jennifer Mace
Luis Villa
Lynn Root
Mackenzie Morgan
Marcel
Marcus J. Ranum
Marie Brennan
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Marius Gedminas
Mark Pilgrim
Marta Maria Casetti
Matt Hellige
Matt Zimmerman
Maximilian Klein
Meg Molloy
Megan DiVall
Mel Chua
Meredith Tupper
Merlin Havlik
Michael Marineau
Michelle Yaiser
Mike & Claire Shaver
Mike Linksvayer
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Mindy
Mistress of the Dorkness
Mora
Moritz Bunkus
Nancy E. Shaffer
Nathan Bosch
Nick Popoff
Nóirín Plunkett
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Pam Chestek
Paul A.
Paul Bailey
Paul Smith
Peter Geoghegan
Peter van Hardenberg
Pierre Phaneuf
Preston Holmes
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Quim Gil
R David Murray
Rachel Chalmers
Rachel Shearer
Raucous Indignation
Rebecca Sobol
Reed Mangino
Richard Fontana
Robin L. Zebrowski
Rosita Ty Derecho
Ryan Kennedy
Sally Ahnger
Sarah Sharp
Scott Rosenberg
Selena Deckelmann
Shiny
Shuying Liang
Siobhan McKeown
Stef Maruch
Steve Adamczyk
Susan Tan
Tammy Anderson
Tanya Reilly
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Till Schneidereit
Tim Chevalier
Tim Johnson (tojo2000)
Tom Smith
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tyler Breisacher
Tyler Laing
Valerie Fenwick (Bubbva)
Veronica Vergara
Vibragiel
Victoria Zenoff Career Strategies
Will Thompson
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Ada Lovelace jewelry gallery

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Ada Lovelace pendants

Ada Lovelace jewelry is getting more and more popular! Our most popular thank-you gift for donations to the Ada Initiative is a piece of custom jewelry we created, a black-and-white glass pendant featuring our original portrait of Ada Lovelace. For those of you new to Ada Lovelace, she became the world's first computer programmer when she published the first computer program in 1843! (She was also the Countess of Lovelace and Lord Byron's daughter.)

We collected all the Ada Lovelace jewelry we could find and made this gallery. Our own pendant is only available during our fundraising drives. Our current fundraising drive ends today, August 31st, 2013, but we are extending the deadline for getting a pendant by 3 days. To get your Ada Lovelace pendant, donate by September 3rd, 2013.

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If you aren't a fan of wearing geeky jewelry yourself, but want to support women in computing, we are sure you can think of someone who would love a gift of a beautiful Ada Lovelace pendant!

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A glass pendant with a black and white portrait of Ada Lovelace
Donate $128 or $10/month Approximately 1" (2.59 cm) long glass cabochon pendant, wide nickel loop.

$27.95 USD Round 0.75" metal-rimmed pendant with 18" sterling silver-plated chain.


$29.99 USD A hand-soldered glass pendant with Ada's portrait on one side, and a quote from her writings on the other. 30mm by 20mm, 18" or 36" chain. "Water-resistant, but not water-proof [so] take it off when coding underwater."


$8.95 USD Oval glass pendant set in antique copper.


$30.00 USD Mica-fronted rectangular pendant with copper colored chain and lobster claw clasp. NOTE: this photograph is not actually of Ada Lovelace.


$10.95 USD Square glass pendant set in antique copper.


$8.95 USD Round glass pendant set in antiqued silver color metal.

More Ada Lovelace stuff, more more more!

Black and white poster with cartoon Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage holding silly sci-fi guns with the text "Lovelace and Babbage: They Fight Crime"If you're not in the market for jewelry, you should head on over to Sydney Padua's "Lovelace and Babbage" store, where you can get mugs, shirts, stickers, and more. Be sure to check out her fun (and super geeky) Ada Lovelace comics at 2D Goggles.

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Valerie Aurora

The first Ada Lovelace conference is coming up October 18th in New Jersey! Ada Initiative Executive Director Valerie Aurora will be giving the keynote address. Don't miss this interdisciplinary conference covering Ada Lovelace's accomplishments and influence on society.

Finally, don't forget to participate in Ada Lovelace Day on October 15th by writing a blog post about a woman who inspires you and works in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Please use our Ada Lovelace portrait

Note for jewelry makers: Our portrait is licensed CC Zero – that means you can use or modify it in any way you like: commercial or non-commercial, with or without attribution. Several high-resolution vector graphic versions are available on Wikimedia Commons. Let us know if you make anything with it and we may buy a few dozen! We would appreciate it if you included a reference to the Ada Initiative in your marketing material or receipt, but you don't have to.

If we missed any Ada Lovelace jewelry, leave a comment!

About the Ada Initiative

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Ada Lovelace pendant (click for larger image)

The Ada Initiative, named after Ada Lovelace, is working hard to support women and remove barriers to participation in many areas of computing: open source software, Wikipedia, open data, and others. You can help support women in computing by donating to support our work and learning more about how you can help. You can also read about our accomplishments during the last year and our plans for the future. Donate before September 3rd to get the Ada Lovelace pendant.

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Generous Googlers give to support women in open source

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Alice Boxhall

Google employees are the largest sponsor of the Ada Initiative's work to support women in open source, donating over $30,000 between our founding in January 2011 and July 2013. (That's just counting the money from Googlers who registered for matching donation requests from Google – the real total is higher.) We're overwhelmed by the generosity of Googlers across the world and honored to be doing work they care about.

In 2011, Googler Alice Boxhall inspired the Sydney Google Women Engineers to pool their money and donate a total of $1024 to the Ada Initiative's Seed 100 campaign. This year, Alice helped raise more than $7000 from fellow Googlers. Her challenge? If 10 more Googlers joined her and donated $512 or more by August 31st, they would receive a print of an Ada Lovelace comic signed by the author, Kate Beaton. Yesterday, the 10th donor signed on, with a donation of $2048!

Donate nowYou can join these 11 Googlers by donating now to support our work for women in open technology and culture!

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Tyler Breisacher

Here are the Googlers who answered Alice's challenge (and gave us permission to list their names):

And 4 more donors who wished to remain anonymous. Other Googlers who donated and gave us permission to list their names are Pierre Phaneuf, Jed Hartman, Sara Smollett, and aimeeble.

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Eric Grosse

Louis Wasserman donated because "The Ada Initiative is one of the most prominent organizations dealing with the serious and real problems for women in computing today." Google VP of Security Engineering, Eric Grosse, notes that the "Google Security Team has been blessed with outstanding women over the years and we're eager for more."

Now they just have to figure out where to hang the print! We hope Alice is as good at resolving conflicts as she is at fundraising.

Thank you to everyone who has donated, whether you gave $5 or $5000. Every donation helps support women in open technology and culture for another year! Please give now to make our 2013 fundraising drive a success. And don't forget to apply for employer donation matching!

Thank you to our donors to our 2013 fundraising campaign so far (listed by permission):

@elwing
@KathleenLD
Ada Lavee Fox
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam DiCarlo
aimeeble
Alan Coopersmith
Alex Gaynor
Alex Payne
Alison Cichowlas
Allison Morris
Amanda Skellenger
Amber June Blahnik
Amelia Greenhall
Amy Hendrix
Amy Rich
Andrea J. Horbinski
Andy Dirnberger
Annalee Flower Horne
Arthi
Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson
Barbara Hui
Ben Chapman
Ben Combee
Betsy Haibel
Brad Montgomery
Brenda Moon
Brian DeRocher
Brian Kung
Brian Neal
Brian Nisbet
Brion Vibber
Britta Gustafson
Bro. Dave Lister
Carl Trachte
Carol Willing
Caroline Simard
carols10cents
Celeste
Chris Ford
Chris McDonough
Chris Minn
Chris Tierney
Christine Spang
Colleen Penrowley
CV Harquail
Dana Caulder
Daniel Lindsley
Daniel Quinn (@searchingfortao)
Daniel Ross
Daniel Trembath
David Comay
Deb Nicholson
Decklin Foster
Denys Howard
Derek Willis
Dominic Mazzoni
Dorothea Salo
Dwayne Litzenberger
Eirik Nilsen
Elizabeth Lorang
Elizabeth Ragavanis
Eric Grosse
Eric Palakovich Carr
Esa Vesalainen
Ethan Glasser-Camp
Fredrik Larsson
Gayle Karen Young
geeksdoitbetter
Glenn Siegman
Glenn Street
Greg Hilliard
Heath Anderson
Heidi Cautrell
hjwp
Holden Karau
Holly French
Hooshyar Naraghi
Ian Bolf
India Amos
Isobel Hadley-Kamptz
Jack Moffitt
James E. Pace
James Turnbull
Jane Hammons
Jason Thibeault
Jean Kaplansky
Jed Hartman
Jeffrey Wear
jen smith
Jenny Dybedahl
Jenny Gardiner
Jerome D'Acquitaine
Jess Hamrick
Jim Blandy
Jiten Vaidya
Joe Murphy
John Bennetts
John Jacobsen
John McNamara
Julia Elman
Justin Husted
Kaitlin Devine
Kalina Wilson
Kalle, from Helsinki
Karl A. Krueger
Katherine Elliott
Katherine Scott
Katie Bechtold
Kellie Brownell
Kent Crispin
Kevin S. Clarke
Kim Stone
Kim Varnell
Kimberly Munoz
Kris Howard
Kristal Pollack
Kristina Kerr Bergman
Kurt Van Etten
Kym Maxham
Lacey Powers
Larissa Shapiro
Laura Dragan
Lisa Seeman
lizTheDeveloper
Lord Darkraven Fierce-Eyes
Louis Wasserman and Jennifer Mace
Luis Villa
Lynn Root
Mackenzie Morgan
Marcel
Marcus J. Ranum
Marie Brennan
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Marius Gedminas
Mark Pilgrim
Marta Maria Casetti
Matt Zimmerman
Maximilian Klein
Meg Molloy
Megan DiVall
Meredith Tupper
Merlin Havlik
Michael Marineau
Michelle Yaiser
Mike & Claire Shaver
mimbles
Mindy
Mistress of the Dorkness
Mora
Nancy E. Shaffer
Nathan Bosch
Nick Popoff
Nóirín Plunkett
PalominoDB
Pam Chestek
Paul A.
Paul Bailey
Paul Smith
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Raucous Indignation
Reed Mangino
Robin L. Zebrowski
Rosita Ty Derecho
Ryan Kennedy
Sally Ahnger
Sarah Sharp
Scott Rosenberg
Selena Deckelmann
Shiny
Shuying Liang
Siobhan McKeown
Stef Maruch
Steve Adamczyk
Susan Tan
Tammy Anderson
Tanya Reilly
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Victoria Zenoff Career Strategies
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Wired

Lincoln Loop makes $1000 matching donation challenge to support women in open source

Lincoln Loop logoLincoln Loop has just made a $1000 matching donation challenge to support women in Django, Python, and open source in general! This is our absolute LAST matching donation.1

Lincoln Loop is full service web studio offering user experience and development based on the Django Web Framework. Lincoln Loop also provides a variety of design, development, and testing services for mobile app development, a variety of web frameworks, and much more.

Lincoln Loop will match up to $1000 of donations to the Ada Initiative in the next 8 hours, until 4pm August 30th PDT (21:00 UTC August 30th). Donate now!

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Peter Baumgartner

Lincoln Loop founder Peter Baumgartner says, "Open source software gave me the chance to found a company, to work with a great community of people in Django, and to lead the kind of life that makes me happy. At Lincoln Loop, we live where we like, set our own hours, and travel to fun places. Like Jacob Kaplan-Moss, I want everyone to have the same opportunity to be part of the open source community, whether they found their own company or dabble in it as a hobby. Lincoln Loop is proud to support women in open source by sponsoring the Ada Initiative."

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When open source companies like Lincoln Loop step up and take concrete steps to support women in open source software, the whole open source community wins. We're thrilled to partner with Lincoln Loop to continue our work bringing more women into open source. Our GitHub private repository giveaway helped over 500 women learn open source development without fear of harassment, and our AdaCamp unconference includes workshops to teach women how to write open source software.

Join Lincoln Loop and Ada Initiative in supporting women in open source, open data, and other areas of open tech/culture! Donate now:

Donate now

[1] Unless someone emails us out of the blue and has amazing turnaround time. Feel free to do that.

You did it! We raised $100,000 for women in open tech/culture!

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We did it!!
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With less than two days to go to the end of our 2013 fundraising drive, we have successfully raised over $100,000 for women in open technology and culture!

This means the Ada Initiative can continue our important work, making conferences safer and more welcoming, teaching women to overcome Impostor Syndrome, and running AdaCamp unconferences for women in open tech/culture. We thank you, and so do the thousands of women we will be able to help in the upcoming year.

You can still donate in the two days remaining for the fundraising drive! If we raise even more than $100,000, we could:

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Ada Lovelace pendants

And if you need one more reason to donate now, the Ada Lovelace pendant is only available for two more days!

Donate now

Thank you to our generous matching donors, who challenged their communities to support women in open tech/culture with matching grants of $500 to $10,000:

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Mary and Valerie
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And to all our donors during the 2013 fundraising drive.

Thank you so very much for your support for women in open tech/culture! We absolutely could not do this without you.

Valerie and Mary
Ada Initiative co-founders & Very Tired fundraisers

Donors to our 2013 fundraising drive so far (listed by permission):

@duckasaurusss
@elwing
@KathleenLD
Ada Lavee Fox
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam DiCarlo
aimeeble
Alan Coopersmith
Alex Gaynor
Alex Payne
Alison Cichowlas
Allison Morris
Amanda Skellenger
Amber June Blahnik
Amelia Greenhall
Amy Hendrix
Amy Rich
Andrea J. Horbinski
Andy Dirnberger
Annalee Flower Horne
Arthi
Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson
Barbara Hui
Ben Chapman
Ben Combee
Betsy Haibel
Bill Nottingham
Brad Montgomery
Brenda Moon
Brian DeRocher
Brian Kung
Brian Neal
Brian Nisbet
Brion Vibber
Britta Gustafson
Bro. Dave Lister
Carl Trachte
Carol Willing
Caroline Simard
carols10cents
Celeste
Chris Ford
Chris McDonough
Chris Minn
Chris Tierney
Christine Spang
Colleen Penrowley
CV Harquail
Dana Caulder
Daniel Lindsley
Daniel Quinn (@searchingfortao)
Daniel Ross
Daniel Trembath
David Comay
Deb Nicholson
Decklin Foster
Denys Howard
Derek Willis
Dominic Mazzoni
Dorothea Salo
Dwayne Litzenberger
Echa Schneider
Eirik Nilsen
Elizabeth Lorang
Elizabeth Ragavanis
Eric Grosse
Eric Palakovich Carr
Esa Vesalainen
Ethan Glasser-Camp
Fredrik Larsson
Gayle Karen Young
geeksdoitbetter
Glenn Siegman
Glenn Street
Greg Hilliard
Heath Anderson
Heidi Cautrell
hjwp
Holden Karau
Holly French
Hooshyar Naraghi
Ian Bolf
India Amos
Isobel Hadley-Kamptz
Jack Moffitt
James E. Pace
James Turnbull
Jane Hammons
Jason Thibeault
Jean Kaplansky
Jed Davis
Jed Hartman
Jeffrey Wear
jen smith
Jenny Dybedahl
Jenny Gardiner
Jerome D'Acquitaine
Jess Hamrick
Jim Blandy
Jiten Vaidya
Joe Murphy
John Bennetts
John Jacobsen
John McNamara
Julia Elman
Justin Husted
Kaitlin Devine
Kalina Wilson
Kalle, from Helsinki
Karl A. Krueger
Katherine Elliott
Katherine Scott
Katie Bechtold
Kellie Brownell
Kent Crispin
Kevin S. Clarke
Kim Stone
Kim Varnell
Kimberly Munoz
Kris Howard
Kristal Pollack
Kristina Kerr Bergman
Kurt Van Etten
Kym Maxham
Lacey Powers
Larissa Shapiro
Laura Dragan
Lisa Seeman
lizTheDeveloper
Lord Darkraven Fierce-Eyes
Louis Wasserman and Jennifer Mace
Luis Villa
Lynn Root
Mackenzie Morgan
Marcel
Marcus J. Ranum
Marie Brennan
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Marius Gedminas
Mark Pilgrim
Marta Maria Casetti
Matt Zimmerman
Maximilian Klein
Meg Molloy
Megan DiVall
Meredith Tupper
Merlin Havlik
Michael Marineau
Michelle Yaiser
Mike & Claire Shaver
mimbles
Mindy
Mistress of the Dorkness
Mora
Nancy E. Shaffer
Nathan Bosch
Nick Popoff
Nóirín Plunkett
PalominoDB
Pam Chestek
Paul A.
Paul Bailey
Paul Smith
Peter Geoghegan
Peter van Hardenberg
Pierre Phaneuf
Preston Holmes
PZ Myers, for Skatje Myers
Quim Gil
Rachel Chalmers
Raucous Indignation
Reed Mangino
Robin L. Zebrowski
Rosita Ty Derecho
Ryan Kennedy
Sally Ahnger
Sarah Sharp
Scott Rosenberg
Selena Deckelmann
Shiny
Shuying Liang
Siobhan McKeown
Stef Maruch
Steve Adamczyk
Susan Tan
Tammy Anderson
Tanya Reilly
tfkreference
Till Schneidereit
Tim Chevalier
Tim Johnson (tojo2000)
Tom Smith
Tyler Breisacher
Tyler Laing
Valerie Fenwick (Bubbva)
Veronica Vergara
Vibragiel
Victoria Zenoff Career Strategies
Will Thompson
Wired