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Apply now for the Ally Skills Workshop Train-the-Trainers at WisCon 2015

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

Do you think diversity in tech and geek communities is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? Are you excited by the idea of teaching men how to be better allies to women in your community? Do you enjoy challenging and fast-paced discussion about intersectional feminism? Then the Ally Skills Workshop Train-the-Trainers is for you!

Our popular Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in simple, everyday ways in a 2-3 hour workshop focused around small discussion groups. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Ada Initiative’s supporters, we are able to teach up to 15 people how to lead this workshop at WisCon 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA on May 21st, 2015.

In the workshop, you will learn both how to teach the workshop and the reasoning behind the structure of the workshop, which will help you design other ways to fight sexism in your community. All the workshop materials are licensed CC BY-SA and are reusable and modifiable for any purpose, so you can teach the workshop without getting permission from or paying a fee to anyone. By learning how to facilitate this workshop yourself, you can help combat sexism on an even larger scale!

WisconThe Train-the-Trainers workshop will be held Thursday, May 21st, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Madison Concourse Hotel. Lunch break (on your own) will be from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, and we will provide gluten-free and vegan afternoon snacks. The workshop is free of charge to attendees and open to everyone. While you do not need to be registered for WisCon to attend, we strongly encourage all participants in the Train-the-Trainers workshop to purchase a WisCon membership, which begin as low as $15 for a non-attending membership. We could not hold this workshop without the support and organization provided by WisCon, the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention.

We have limited space for 15 participants in the Train-the-Trainers workshop at WisCon 2015, and attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications are now open, and we encourage people of all genders to attend. In order to support participants of all genders without calling unwanted attention to their gender expression, we will ask all workshop participants to wear a name tag with their name and pronouns on it. We will turn down applications from people with a history of harassing behavior.

If you would like to attend, please apply here. We will email you within 5 business days to let you know of your acceptance. Thank you for being part of supporting women in open technology and culture!

Note: We are aware of the ongoing conversation about harassment within the WisCon community and support the people working to make WisCon a safer and more supportive organization and event. We are excited about WisCon’s new anti-abuse policies and procedures and are glad to be part of the on-going movement to make science fiction and fantasy fandom more welcoming and inclusive.

Support diversity in open source by attending an Ally Skills Workshop at PyCon 2015!

Do you think diversity in open source is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of open source to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the PyCon 2015 on Sunday April 12th, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm in room 513D at the PyCon 2015 venue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This workshop is provided free of charge to PyCon attendees, in conjunction with AdaCamp Montreal which is co-located with PyCon 2015.

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

Attendance at the Ally Skills Workshop is free but limited, with applications open to all registered PyCon attendees. Apply now to have the best chance to attend by filling out this Google form (or just scroll down to the form at the end of this post). We welcome participants of all genders – the best workshops have at least 20% women and genderqueer folks. You will be notified via email if we cannot fit you into the workshop. Sign up now!

Recommendations

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

“We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ 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 participant

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

Support diversity in Linux by attending an Ally Skills Workshop at SCALE 13x

SCALE 13 logoDo you think diversity in Linux is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of Linux to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 13x) on February 20th, 2015, in Los Angeles, California, thanks to an anonymous donation of $100,000 to the Ada Initiative from a Linux kernel developer.

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The workshop is free of charge to all attendees of SCALE 13x with a full access pass. You can attend by signing up through the form on the event page. If you haven’t already registered for SCALE 13x, you can get a 50% discount on your full access pass with discount code ADA15, for a total price of $35 (register here).

The workshop is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Linux kernel developer who donated $100,000 to the Ada Initiative last year in order to support women in Linux and greater diversity in open source software overall. This is only the first of four workshops we will be teaching at Linux-related conferences in 2015 at no charge to the organizers. Contact us if you would like your conference to host an Ally Skills Workshop.

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

“We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ 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 participant

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

“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

You can be part of change in the Linux kernel development community! Sign up for the Ally Skills Workshop at SCALE 13x today!

Free Ally Skills Workshop for attendees of LinuxCon Chicago August 21

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Want to do your part in making the Linux community more welcoming to women and people of all sorts? Planning to attend this year’s LinuxCon NA in Chicago? Then you should sign up for the free Ada Initiative’s Ally Skills Workshop at LinuxCon, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on Thursday, August 21st. Attendance is free to LinuxCon attendees (you must be registered for LinuxCon to attend).

The Ally Skills Workshop (formerly called the Allies Workshop) teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplace and communities, in an engaging, discussion-oriented format. After a brief introduction on basic principles of responding to sexism (choose your battles, practice simple responses, you don’t have to be funny, etc.), we discuss real-world scenarios and figure out ways to respond to them. Here’s one review:

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Workshop discussion

This was an amazing class. Great scenarios, great conversations. I really enjoyed not only the guided discussion, but break out conversations with co-workers were hugely enlightening. I’d love to have more honest and frank conversation along that line with [my colleagues].” – Joseph Bironas

People love the practical focus and walk away with skills they can use right away:

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

I liked how it focused on concrete actions and behaviors we could use immediately, not theory.” – Ashley Penney

And other attendees learned new ways to think about and respond to sexism in general:

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Workshop leader Valerie Aurora

“The most useful thing I got out of the class was the underlying notion of asserting and defending community values when responding to sexism, rather than addressing the responsible individual directly.” – Anonymous participant

While the workshop is aimed at teaching ally skills to men, it works best with at least 20% women in attendance, so we welcome people of all genders at the workshop!

Sounds like something you’d like to learn? Sign up for the Ally Skills Workshop at LinuxCon now. If you can’t attend LinuxCon, contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to find out how you can run the workshop at your workplace.

LinuxCon features several other events to support women and newcomers in Linux, including the First Time Attendees’ Reception and the Women in OSS luncheon. The Ada Initiaive’s Executive Director will be attending as many of these events as possible as well as teaching the Ally Skills Workshop.

Looking forward to seeing you at LinuxCon and the Ally Skills Workshop!

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Allies workshop discussion

"This was an amazing class": What people are saying about the Allies Workshop

CC BY-SA Adam NovakThe Allies Workshop goes beyond standard sexual harassment prevention training – “Here’s how to avoid getting sued” – to teach men how to actively create a culture that’s supportive of women. What’s special about the Ada Initiative’s workshop is that it teaches skills you can use both at work and in open tech/culture communities: open source software projects, Wikipedia, and similar areas. And we teach skills anyone can use. You don’t have to be Larry Page or Guido Van Rossum to make your company or community better for women.

The Ada Initiative taught 6 Allies Workshops in the last 6 months, and we have 3 more scheduled! We got some great feedback from our post-workshop surveys. The most frequent comment is “I wish the workshop was longer.” (It’s already 2 hours long!)

Here are some other nice things people have said about the workshop:

This was an amazing class. Great scenarios, great conversations. I really enjoyed not only the guided discussion, but break out conversations with co-workers were hugely enlightening. I’d love to have more honest and frank conversation along that line with [my colleagues].” – Joseph Bironas

“The most useful thing I got out of the class was the underlying notion of asserting and defending community values when responding to sexism, rather than addressing the responsible individual directly.” – Anonymous

A woman explains while a man listens“The women in our group brought up facets of the scenarios I had not considered, and we were able to consider a variety of responses to a variety of situations and discuss their strengths and drawbacks. Very practical and useful. I would highly recommend the workshop to all my thoughtful colleagues in technology leadership.– Marc Alvidrez

“I found the Allies Workshop gave me new tools to support people who may sometimes find it difficult to participate in the workplace. It also helped me to improve my understanding of the issues women and other visible minority communities can face in their daily lives and provided me with a framework for having supportive, honest and open conversations about them.– Peter van Hardenberg

Can we get more training like that?– Anonymous

We’ve taught the Allies Workshop at a variety of tech companies and conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Raleigh-Durham in the U.S., and in Melbourne, Canberra, and Ballarat in Australia. We plan to teach it in Portland, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Seattle in the upcoming months. Contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to learn more about bringing this workshop to your company or conference.

For large companies who want to offer the workshop to their employees on an on-going basis, we also offer a “train-the-trainers” class on how to teach the workshop, complete with written instructor’s guide, example presentation with speaker notes, and video of an example workshop, as well as licensing rights to adapt and reuse the work under the CC BY-SA license. Contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to find out more, including testimonials and references.

Allies Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

Want to spend an afternoon learning how to support women in your workplace and community? The Ada Initiative is running two Allies Workshops open to the public in the San Francisco Bay Area: one on Friday, March 7th in Redwood City and one on Tuesday, March 11th in San Francisco, from 3pm to 5pm.

A woman explains while a man listensThe Allies Workshop is a fun 2-hour discussion-oriented workshop focusing on simple, everyday ways people can use their power as an ally to make their workplace or community more welcoming and attractive to women. We discuss what to do in practical, real-world scenarios ranging from how to welcome a woman attending a conference for the first time to speaking up when a co-worker makes a sexist joke at the office party. People usually leave the workshop feeling ready to take action and eager to learn more.

We usually teach this workshop at a company or conference, but are experimenting by running two workshops open to the public. Register now to attend the workshop on Tuesday, March 11th in San Francisco (both a few blocks from BART or Caltrain). The workshop focuses on what men can do, but works best when about 50% of attendees are men and 50% people of other genders. We provide drinks and snacks during the break (including vegan and gluten-free options).

Registration fees range from $200 to $0, depending on your economic situation. Many employers have personal development or training budgets for their employees. Ask your manager if your employer will pay for the registration fee for the Allies Workshop.

Allies Workshop San Francisco
Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 3pm-5pm
Location: San Francisco Paramedics Association
657 Mission St Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94105

Transit: 2 blocks from Montgomery St BART station, 1 mile from 4th and King Caltrain station
Bicycle parking: Bring your bicycle inside to the conference room, plenty of room for multiple bikes
Car parking: Driving not recommended, but metered street and garage parking are available for around $10/hour nearby
Accessibility: ADA accessible, email contact@adainitiative.org for any other ways we can make attending easier
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/allies-workshop-san-francisco-tickets-10668450623

We invite you to join us at one of these two Allies Workshops! You can also schedule an Allies Workshop at your workplace. Email us for more information at contact@adainitiative.org.

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Allies workshop discussion

The Allies Workshop: Learn to support women in open tech/culture in real time

Want to do something when you see casual sexism at work, but aren’t sure what? Tired of feeling helpless when you read a sexist email to your community’s mailing list, but have no idea how to respond?

The Allies Workshop is for you! The Ada Initiative Allies Workshop teaches simple, everyday ways to support women in your workplace and communities. Participants learn techniques that work at the office, at conferences, and online.

About the workshop

Several people in discussion around a tableThe format is interactive and engaging (one participant asked, “Can we get more training like that?“), with a short intro followed by discussion in small groups about real-world scenarios. Some examples: a colleague writes “Pretend you are explaining this to your girlfriend” in an email, you see a man take credit for a woman’s idea in a meeting, or you want to help a newcomer feel comfortable at her first conference. The default scenarios are aimed at people involved in open tech/culture, but we also customize scenarios for each workshop.

Get the workshop

To get the Allies Workshop at your organization, email contact@adainitiative.org for more information and a quote. So that we can afford to teach more workshops, we usually charge a fee to teach this workshop, with a variety of discounts for non-profits, small companies, and making seats available to volunteers and community members. We also teach a “train-the-trainers” class so that the Allies Workshop can reach more people in your organization.

What people are saying about the workshop

A woman explains while a man listensHere’s what participant Jan-Bart de Vreede said: “The workshop helped identify situations which really happen. In my (sheltered) world I often don’t see the kind of behaviour that was illustrated and it was interesting to be able to discuss the situations with the people present. I notice it has made me a little more alert to that kind of situation in my own environment.”

Several participants said the most valuable outcome was learning how to have discussions about sexism with their colleagues comfortably and respectfully. Peter Van Hardenberg told us that the Allies Workshop “helped me to improve my understanding of the issues women and other visible minority communities can face in their daily lives and provided me with a framework for having supportive, honest and open conversations about them.

More ways to get the workshop

If you can’t attend a workshop in person, we have several resources for you, all licensed CC BY-SA, meaning you can use, copy, modify, and redistribute them for free as long as you give credit to the original authors:

Ada Initiative to run Allies Workshop in Canberra, September 21

The Ada Initiative Allies Workshop focuses on what individual people can do to make their workplace or community a better, more positive place for women. The workshop teaches people how to respond to sexism in a productive way, whether online, in the workplace, or in person. Participants in the Allies Workshop will learn:

  • Brief, effective responses to sexism and discrimination
  • What responses don’t work or have a negative effect
  • How to choose their battles wisely
Front of Australian Federal Parliament House, Canberra

© Mark Pegrum, CC BY-SA

An Allies Workshop will be held in Canberra, Australia, Saturday September 21, from 2pm to 4pm, for members of the Make Hack Void hackerspace. Members of other open technology or open culture groups and communities are welcome to attend. The workshop welcomes people of all genders.

Registration is free although a contribution towards travel costs would be appreciated. For more information, and to register, please contact Brenda Moon as per her MHV event announcement. Please register no later than September 14, so that we can confirm the workshop has enough attendees to go ahead.

Progress in 2013: Workshops and community-building for allies

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

Valerie Aurora speaking at AdaCamp DC

CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

In 2013, we expanded our work educating and supporting allies – people who support women in open tech/culture but aren’t women themselves. The Ada Initiative Allies Workshop focuses on what individual people can do to make their workplace or community a better, more positive place for women. We started the Allies Workshop program in 2011 and have continued to improve and grow it every year. The Allies Workshop has been run three times in 2013 so far: at Everyone Hacks San Francisco, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Allies Track of AdaCamp San Francisco. We recently posted a professionally recorded and captioned video of the Allies Workshop.

This year we ran the first Allies Track, a one-day meeting for allies of women in open tech/culture to get to know each other, share best practices, and make plans for the future, held in conjunction with AdaCamp San Francisco. About 20 allies of all genders attended, along with several dozen visitors from the AdaCamp main track. Attendee Jeff Pollet wrote, “It was […] nice to be surrounded by a bunch of smart men advocating for feminism in tech.”

What’s next? The Ada Initiative is growing the Allies Workshops into a core program and expanding the number of workshops we teach. To find out more about holding the allies workshop for your project or organization, see our Allies workshop page. We are also in the early stages of developing a training program for workshop facilitators, to train others to deliver the workshop. We also plan to expand the Allies Track at the next AdaCamp.

AdaCamp, Github giveaways, feminist hacker lounges, and more: Progress in 2013

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2012 was a tipping point for women in open technology and culture. In 2013 the Ada Initiative has worked hard to build on that momentum, through the AdaCamp conference, Impostor Syndrome training, workshops, speeches, interviews in the mainstream media, and more. With your help, we’re continuing to make a difference for women in open technology and culture. Thank you so much for your support of our work!

Keep reading for a full report on our progress in 2013 so far. It’s a little TL;DR so we will repost each section separately throughout the coming week.

AdaCamp and other Ada Initiative events
Impostor Syndrome Training (new)
Workshops and community-building for allies
Supporting women open source developers (new)
Community campaigns (new)
Press appearances and speaking engagements
New Ada Initiative supporters

AdaCamp and other Ada Initiative events

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AdaCamper Jen Mei Wu, photo by Sarah Sharp

In June, the Ada Initiative ran AdaCamp San Francisco, the third AdaCamp bringing women and their allies in open technology and culture together to talk about issues and problems women face and about how to solve them. AdaCamp continues to be our most popular and effective program for recruiting and retaining women in open tech/culture, which is why we invest about 3 months of staff time on each AdaCamp. For example, 85% of attendees surveyed said that AdaCamp San Francisco increased their commitment to open tech/culture!

AdaCamp San Francisco was our largest AdaCamp to date, double the size of AdaCamp DC in July 2012, with about 200 attendees. It was the first AdaCamp to feature a dedicated one-day allies track for people of any gender. To increase the diversity of the event we offered travel scholarships to attendees from countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and Cambodia. AdaCamp is an unconference, and attendee-led sessions included: a Likeability Paradox discussion; diversity beyond gender, depression in activists, womyn of color, job seeking and career advice, and expressing femininity in technical spaces. We also incorporated Impostor Syndrome training and a make-a-thon and hackfest for the first time. Find out more about AdaCamp in our AdaCamp SF final report!

Netha Hussain explains the long-term impact of AdaCamp on attendees, 8 months after AdaCamp DC:

Netha Hussain

Netha Hussain

While traveling back to India, I was deeply satisfied. I had too many projects in mind, and the potential to work towards accomplishing them – Ada Camp put me in touch with the right people and right resources to get me started. Listening to the success stories of other participants helped me overcome my initial inertia, and stimulated me to work hard towards increasing the participation of women in Wikimedia projects.

pycon_hacker_loungeIn March we ran a smaller event, the first Ada Initiative feminist hacker lounge, at PyCon US in Santa Clara. The feminist lounge was a casual space in the exhibition hall, sharing a beanbag hangout space with PyLadies, and hosting sessions including “Impostor Syndrome Check-in” and “Hackerspaces: What’s Working, What’s Not?” We enjoyed hosting this home base for women at the conference and have suggestions for how you can do it too!

What’s next? AdaCamp brings together so many women interested in working in and changing the open tech and culture space. AdaCamp is going to remain a core part of the Ada Initiative’s work. We are hoping to work with dedicated event staff on future AdaCamps and are considering host cities for AdaCamps in 2014 and 2015. We will also publish a collection of event advice, for running events that are open, accessible and welcoming to women in open tech and culture.

Impostor Syndrome Training

Women in open tech/culture

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Ada Initiative staff and volunteers have also launched Impostor Syndrome training, presenting on techniques that allow women and others to feel appropriately confident in their work in the face of the often publicly critical culture in open technology and culture. Denise Paolucci took lessons from AdaCamp DC’s several Impostor Syndrome sessions and presented them at linux.conf.au, Open Source Bridge, and OSCON, with the Ada Initiative providing a captioned and transcribed version of the linux.conf.au talk. Leigh Honeywell additionally created a values exercise to combat stereotype threat and Impostor Syndrome, which we used at AdaCamp San Francisco.

What’s next? We will continue to teach about and hold sessions on Impostor Syndrome at AdaCamps and add to our resources as we go.

Workshops and community-building for allies

Valerie Aurora speaking at AdaCamp DC

CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

In 2013, we expanded our work educating and supporting allies – people who support women in open tech/culture but aren’t women themselves. The Ada Initiative Allies Workshop focuses on what individual people can do to make their workplace or community a better, more positive place for women. We started the Allies Workshop program in 2011 and have continued to improve and grow it every year. The Allies Workshop has been run three times in 2013 so far: at Everyone Hacks San Francisco, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Allies Track of AdaCamp San Francisco. We recently posted a professionally recorded and captioned video of the Allies Workshop.

This year we ran the first Allies Track, a one-day meeting for allies of women in open tech/culture to get to know each other, share best practices, and make plans for the future, held in conjunction with AdaCamp San Francisco. About 20 allies of all genders attended, along with several dozen visitors from the AdaCamp main track. Attendee Jeff Pollet wrote, “It was […] nice to be surrounded by a bunch of smart men advocating for feminism in tech.”

What’s next? The Ada Initiative is growing the Allies Workshops into a core program and expanding the number of workshops we teach. To find out more about holding the allies workshop for your project or organization, see our Allies workshop page. We are also in the early stages of developing a training program for workshop facilitators, to train others to deliver the workshop. We also plan to expand the Allies Track at the next AdaCamp.

Supporting women open source developers

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 contact@adainitiative.org to learn more.

Community campaigns

Piles of lanyards in each of red, yellow and green. By Flore Allemandou CC BY-SA.

AdaCamp SF lanyards, by Flore Allemandou CC BY-SA

The Ada Initiative has written multiple online campaigns and editorials this year, encouraging communities to support women in open technology and culture by carefully considering the role that sexual topics have at technical events and advertising any such material thoughtfully and respectfully to those who don’t wish to encounter it; and encouraging event organizers to have photography policies at conferences that restrict non-consensual photography.

The Ada Initiative also participated in the #banboothbabes campaign, arguing that using sexualized booth staff at trade shows sends the message that women aren’t the intended customers of technical businesses; and encouraged panelists at conferences to pledge not to appear on panels without women on them.

What’s next? We will continue to keep an eye out for emerging issues and help boost campaigns led by others, as well as start our own campaigns. Your support through speaking up in your community is crucial to the kind of culture change we’re working for.

Press appearances and speaking engagements

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In 2013, the Ada Initiative became a go-to resource for journalists wanting to know more about the problems facing women in open technology and culture, both in the tech press and the mainstream media. In March, Valerie Aurora discussed the firing of Adria Richards in Slate, writing that:

one thing we can agree on is that the massive onslaught of rape and death threats [directed at Richards]… was wrong… It’s up to us to change the culture of consequence-free online harassment.

In June, we reached one million readers of the U.S. print edition of Marie Claire in “When Geeks Attack” by veteran feminist journalist Alissa Quart, writing:

… Thanks to the anonymity of the Internet, fueled by a dogmatic belief that all speech is free speech, [Internet attackers] have made the very act of being a woman in the industry something of an occupational hazard.

Valerie was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio in July about the problem of harassment of women in technology and what to do about.

Valerie also spoke at several events in 2013. She appeared as an invited speaker at Fórum Internacional Software Livre in Brazil, moderated the good news on diversity in open source panel at Open Source Bridge, appeared as a panelist in the Gender & Technology open forum in San Francisco. She was also invited to be the keynote speaker at the first Ada Lovelace conference in October 2013.

New Ada Initiative supporters

JS community logoThe majority of the Ada Initiative’s funding continues to come from people like you, individual donors giving yearly or monthly to support programs you care about. We love being accountable to you!

In 2013 we’ve been pleased to welcome major new supporters JSConf US 2013, with 85% of their attendees donating to the Ada Initiative at registration. Based on this donation, JSConf US sponsor Bloomberg donated an additional $5000. We also welcomed back Dreamwidth Studios as sponsors. In addition, AdaCamp San Francisco was supported by thirteen sponsoring organizations, including gold sponsors Mozilla, Automattic and Google Site Reliability Engineering.

We can’t do it without you!

2013 has been a good year for women in open tech/culture so far, thanks to people like you! Without our hundreds of generous donors and the many community members who stood up for their beliefs, 2013 would have been a bleak year for women in open tech/culture. You are a critical part of a massive, world-wide movement to give women an equal voice and role in online culture. Thank you!

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