The Ada Initiative supports women in open technology and culture through activities such as producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity and teaching ally skills. Most of what we create is freely available, reusable, and modifiable under Creative Commons licenses.
The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization currently employing two staff and half a dozen contractors. Our ground-breaking work is only possible with the generous support of people like you.
What we’ve accomplished
Since our founding in early 2011, we’ve worked with the community on practical, high-impact programs that directly recruit and retain women in open tech/culture. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:
- Made conferences safer for everyone: Produced and encouraged adoption of policies to prevent harassment of women and people of all genders, now used by hundreds of conferences and organizations.
- Created the Ally Skills Workshop training program: Developed and taught the popular Ally Skills Workshop, which teaches men practical skills for supporting women in open tech/culture.
- Designed Impostor Syndrome training: Created videos and online exercises to fight Impostor Syndrome, a significant factor holding back women in open tech/culture.
- Ran seven AdaCamp conferences: AdaCamp was an unconference for women in open tech/culture that measurably increased women’s commitment to open tech/culture. We held seven AdaCamps between 2011 and 2015 and are releasing the AdaCamp Toolkit for use by other events.
Advocated for increasing diversity and welcoming women: Published editorials read by more than 100,000 people, served as sources for media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Verge, and Marie Claire, and gave keynote speeches at conferences such as Wikimania, PyCon AU, and the world’s first Ada Lovelace conference.
- Advised organizations on supporting women: Helped dozens of organizations to improve recruitment and retention of women, create a friendlier environment for women, and respond to high-profile incidents of sexism.