Meet Double Union, a new feminist makerspace in San Francisco

The Bay Bridge and a tugboat in the foreground
View from Mozilla SF
This upcoming Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, the Double Union feminist makerspace is hosting a Tea Social and Lightning Talks at the Mozilla SF offices. Learn more and register here!

What is Double Union? Since the last AdaCamp, a group of open tech/culture feminists in San Francisco have been organizing what I think of as “AdaCamp year-round”: a feminist makerspace here in San Francisco. The idea of Double Union is to have a space where women can work together on fun, creative, and feminist projects in a supportive and women-friendly environment. I plan to work on projects like uploading my e2fsck parallelization patches to GitHub, sewing skirts that fit me well, and making clever, funny feminist propaganda. (Insert evil laughter here.)

Historically, makerspaces and hackerspaces have had difficulty attracting and recruiting women to their spaces. In my day job at the Ada Initiative, I spend a lot of time helping people create a culture and environment that is more welcoming to women. I’m excited to test out that knowledge at Double Union.

So if you’re a woman who has visited a hackerspace before and thought, “Nope, not for me,” come join us for some seriously good food, funny talks, and good company. Or if you are any gender and think a feminist makerspace sounds intriguing, or know someone who might be interested, please come too!

(Just in case it isn’t clear: Double Union is my hobby and Ada Initiative is my job, and they are not related to each other, other than being awesome feminist projects for women in open tech/culture.)