Wednesday Geek Woman: Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer

The depressing part? Some people argue that Lovelace did not write the first computer program, instead Charles Babbage wrote it for her and she took the credit. Despite ample contemporary evidence in the form of Lovelace’s letters to Babbage while she was writing the Notes, people have many arguments (often tinged with anger and contempt) for why she didn’t write or even understand the first computer program.

Geek Feminist Sumana Harihareswara makes $10,000 donation matching challenge to the Ada Initiative

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 ofContinue reading “Geek Feminist Sumana Harihareswara makes $10,000 donation matching challenge to the Ada Initiative”

A personal appeal for support from Valerie Aurora, executive director of the Ada Initiative

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. I’m writing to ask you to donate to the Ada Initiative. A year ago, a friend of mine was groped at an open source conference. Again. I’ve personally been groped twice at conferences myself. But what shocked me most wasContinue reading “A personal appeal for support from Valerie Aurora, executive director of the Ada Initiative”

Finding a healthy work culture

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. This is an Ask a Geek Feminist question for our readers. When interviewing for a job (as the applicant), how do you select for a healthy culture? What unpleasant traits (e.g. narcissism, sexism) do you avoid, and how do youContinue reading “Finding a healthy work culture”

Conference speakers: Support anti-harassment policies in your speaker proposals

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. The Linux.conf.au 2012 proposal deadline is in a few hours, which gives you plenty of time to cut and paste the following into your speaker proposal: I believe conferences should provide a safe, harassment-free environment for everyone. I ask $CONFERENCEContinue reading “Conference speakers: Support anti-harassment policies in your speaker proposals”

ICANN nominations open

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. ICANN nominations are open. The ICANN controls domain names, among other services that create a globally coordinated Internet. Maria Farrell, a member of the nominating committee points out: So far, there are about 35 applications for 8 open positions. HalfContinue reading “ICANN nominations open”

Census of women in open technology and culture opens

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. Over at my day job at the Ada Initiative, we just launched a census of women in open technology and culture. From the blog post: The survey (intended for people of any gender) asks two broad sets of questions: WhatContinue reading “Census of women in open technology and culture opens”

Friendly conference update

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. We announced a generic conference anti-harassment policy a couple of weeks ago. Since then several conferences have adopted anti-harassment policies, including Linux.conf.au 2011, FSF’s LibrePlanet 2011, and now all of Linux Foundation’s events have an official anti-harassment / discrimination policy.Continue reading “Friendly conference update”

Get your conference anti-harassment policy here!

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. It’s official: The example conference anti-harassment policy is out of beta and ready for prime time. This is a example anti-harassment policy suitable for most open source, computing, or technology-related conferences. It may be adopted unchanged or tweaked to suitContinue reading “Get your conference anti-harassment policy here!”