Progress in 2013: Supporting women open source developers

We’re reposting sections from our mid-year progress report for 2013. Read the entire report here.

GitHub OctocatIn April 2013, the Ada Initiative in partnership with GitHub offered private repositories to women learning open source software, giving people from underrepresented groups a chance to practice and grow their programming skills in private before participating in the mainstream open source community, where women often face higher levels of harassment than men both online and in person. This program has been enormously popular, with over 500 women requesting a free repository, showing the effectiveness of outreach programs targeted specifically at women.

What’s next? We are open to partnerships with organizations who want to support women by donating resources, but don’t have the expertise or infrastructure to run them on their own. Email to learn more.