Ladies Night

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Participants Becha
Skills Community building
Status Active
Niche Community
Purpose Use in other project

Ladies Night is an initiative to bring more female members to the hackerspace, and to organise activities of interest to women.


Tech Inc Meetings

historically important

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In Media

Links to other initiatives




Mailing Lists



netggrls: "subscribe net-grrls" to







Feminist Frequency @femfreq




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Jobs for women

Books, articles, references written by women


alternative networks and commons | Critique of the mainstream networks | hackers culture & ethics & history & (hack)tivism | Technology & society, digital human rights & Internet Governance | engineering & networking | alternative economy, against capitalism | Climate Change | feminism

Bechas Writings

Role models


Very detailed list with names: 

Personal list

And more WOMEN'S VOICES: Female_experts

Links to resources and news

Increasing the gender diversity

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Improving privacy and security

  • (Deep Lab was founded to examine how privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data aggregation are problematized in the arts and society. The Deep Lab is an all women research collaborative who are an international group of new-media artists, information designers, data scientists, software engineers, hackers, writers, journalists and theoreticians. )

Gender gap in tech

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  • "For some, "bro" culture offers one explanation for why there are so few women in tech"

  • August 2013: Over-presence of incompetent men ;-)
    • reason for the uneven management sex ratio is our inability to discern between confidence and competence.
    • leaderless groups have a natural tendency to elect self-centered, overconfident and narcissistic individuals as leaders, and that these personality characteristics are not equally common in men and women.
    • Most of the character traits that are truly advantageous for effective leadership are predominantly found in those who fail to impress others about their talent for management.
    • The result is a pathological system that rewards men for their incompetence while punishing women for their competence, to everybody’s detriment.


  • Outreachy -> also google-summer-of-code
  • Ladies that FOSS
  • Rails Girls Summer of Code
  • Open Tech School


Women and hackers


Women's hackerspaces

Gender Equality at Conferences


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  • "sailor mercury @sailorhg : .@ghc you cannot claim to be for women in tech when you won't compensate your speakers for travel and lodging, let alone the cons ticket"


File:feminist principles of the internet.pdf

    • "feminism is a movement that seeks to achieve equal rights for women. This focus is necessary, because we live in a world of historically and culturally inscribed female disadvantage. "
    • "Most of the feminists I know care about how gender inequality affects men. Of course they do – they're egalitarians. "
    • Men: "You don't have to be a feminist. There are plenty of ways to be awesome without working towards equal rights for women."
    • "please, if you are worrying about what feminism will do without you, stop. The feminist movement does not need you. It's doing a pretty incredible job of tackling female disadvantage without pandering to reluctant allies."



  • "Patriarchy has always had room for the Exceptional Woman—the one woman smart enough, sweet enough, strong enough, soft enough, pure enough, sexy enough to satisfy all of our culture's contradictory demands on women, and thus make it to the top of a sexist system on merit alone. Patriarchy needs that woman. She provides men with an excuse to blame women for their own pain and struggles while simultaneously assuring women that sexism only needs to be outwitted to be overcome. "


gendered, hierarchical division between “production” and “reproduction” is a defining structure of capitalist society 
and a deep source of the gender asymmetries hard-wired in it. 
There can be no “emancipation of women” so long as this structure remains intact.
feminist ideas are being twisted to serve neoliberal, capitalist ends. 
The solutions for women will not be found in parity in a trade economy. 
The answer is not that women should be paid, it’s that men should not.
International network for recognition & payment for all caring work, 
and the return of military spending to the community starting with women the main carers everywhere.
  • No women in the boards of directors of these Dutch companies:


"We live inside a system and we need to see ourselves as whole in a system that wants to separate us out into parts." 

Bitcoin community & gender

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Gender gap in Science

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  • Morozov-Medina...

Gender Gap in Engineering

Women in tech are the canary in the coal mine. Normally when the canary in the coal mine starts dying 
you know the environment is toxic and you should get the hell out. Instead, the tech industry is looking at the canary, 
wondering why it can't breathe, saying “Lean in, canary. Lean in!” 
When one canary dies they get a new one because getting more canaries is how you fix the lack of canaries, right? 
Except the problem is that there isn't enough oxygen in the coal mine, not that there are too few canaries.

Gender gap in Gaming

gender Gap in Movies

women in atheism & sceptic community

Sexism and harassment


Taylor Swift


* April 2017: This Twitter thread!!!!

  • Links to conferences with anti-haressment policy

& procedure:

It is time to focus the work on holding the men in charge accountable 
- not just trying to do things to “help women”.

  • Announcing A website addressing sexism and misogyny in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) sector.

Dealing with Harassment



  Examples of Guiding Principles
  • Guiding Principles
  • Code of Conduct
  • Policies & Rules

e.g. TechInc

Conflict Resolution

Enforcement of Principles

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CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers 
and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  CODE raises the question: 
what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Learn to code

The other way around: discriminating agains men

  • "WHTM tracks and mocks the New Misogyny online, focusing especially on Men's Rights, Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), and Pickup Artist (PUA) sites."

Women and Climate Change


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March 2013

"be vigilant, make yourselves trustworthy. Every day"

Gender Equality

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In bands

Racial Diversity

  • White privilege / similar to "male privilege"
    • what is being asked of you is to acknowledge that (white/male) privilege does exist and to not only to treat people of races that differ from yours “with respect and humor,” but also to stand up for fair treatment and justice, to not let “jokes” or “off-color” comments by friends, co-workers, or family slide by without challenge, and to continually make an effort to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so we may all cherish and respect our unique and special contributions to society as much as we do our common ground.