If we support and encourage girls under 18 to become hackers, shouldn’t we also support women over 18, who currently have to put up with groping and requests to “show their tits” if they want to be hackers?
Unfortunately, hundreds of hackers argue that that sexual assault and harassment are a required part of hacker culture, that women deserve to be harassed if they wear the wrong clothes, that groping doesn’t “hurt anyone”, and that women shouldn’t go to hacker conferences if they don’t want to be groped and insulted. And that’s leaving out the comments from Reddit and Slashdot.
With help of our supporters, the Ada Initiative made a real difference for women in the hacker community. We wrote an editorial describing why sexual harassment and assault at hacker conferences hurts women and how to end it. Within days, two hacker conferences, BruCON and DeepSec, immediately adopted conference anti-harassment policies, with several more discussing it for next year! The article had nearly 50,000 page views and reached hundreds of thousands more people on Schneier on Security, Hacker News, CNET, Linux Weekly News, and Slashdot.We need your help to keep running successful programs like the AdaCamp unconference for women in open technology and culture, and our far-reaching work making conferences women-friendly (which already changed over 100 conferences). Your donation truly makes a difference: individual donations make up over 50% of our funding.
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