This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity.
This post is by Valerie Aurora, writing in her capacity as Executive Director of the Ada Initiative.
Sumana Harihareswara is a geek feminist and an active member of the science fiction, GNOME, and Wikipedia communities, serving in a variety of roles. Lately she has taken a front and center position in the movement to make open technology and culture more diverse, with a keynote at the OSBridge conference about diversity in FLOSS, entitled “Be Bold: An Origin Story“, joining the Ada Initiative advisory board, and successfully advocating for a Friendly Space policy at at Wikimedia Foundation sponsored events. She also finds time to do standup comedy routines about geek culture.
Today, Sumana Harihareswara and her partner, Leonard Richardson, made a bold challenge to the open tech/culture community: They will match every donation to the Ada Initiative between now and October 31, 2012 up to $10,000. As Sumana puts it, “Leonard and I make our living through open source and we want to pay it forward.” Already, community members have donated $4,000 that will be matched by this generous offer; if all $10,000 is raised, that will make Sumana and Leonard the largest individual donors to the Ada Initiative. You can be part of this by donating now.
Sumana is a joyful, passionate member of the Wikimedia and open source software communities and a living example of the Ada Initiative’s vision: A world in which women are equal and welcome participants in open source software, open data, and open culture. I am personally humbled by Sumana’s dedication and personal contributions to this vision throughout her life.