The survey (intended for people of any gender) asks two broad sets of questions: What open projects are you working on, and what is your opinion of how women are treated in your project and in the open community in general? The goal of the census is to periodically “take the temperature” of women in the open technology and culture community, so we can know what areas to work on and whether the Ada Initiative is making a difference for women in the community.
The survey only takes 5 minutes to do. Men can take the survey, but we’re making a deliberate effort to find women to take the survey.
I’m always looking for ways to help women in their careers. One of the cool things about this survey is that it gives you a big list of open technology and culture communities and asks which ones you’ve worked on and whether you were paid for it or not. It was fun remembering all the things I worked on, and it reminded me of several I’d forgotten.
If you do take the 5 minutes to take this survey, I suggest saving a copy of the page that asks you what communities you’ve participated in, and then using it as a guide to update your resumé or CV. Whether you were volunteering or being paid to do it, your work on open “stuff” is important and belongs in your resumé or CV. (If you don’t have one already, add a “Projects” section for things you weren’t paid to do.) The Anita Borg Institute has some great tips for improving your resumé in general.
Please take the survey and spread the word!