Ladies Night

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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

ALV_2013_04_06 & ALV_2013_04_06/Minutes

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: 

"The journalist Christina Selby, writing at the Open Notebook, compiled a list of tips for diversifying sources. The journalist Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato created Diverse Sources, a searchable database of underrepresented experts in science. 500 Women Scientists, a nonprofit, created Request a Woman Scientist, a similar (and larger) database. Both can be filtered by country, specialty, and more. Several scientists have compiled lists of women in microbiology, astronomy, physics, evolution, political science, neuroscience, and more."

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

More comics:


    • Women are enculturated to be uncomfortable most of the time. And to ignore their discomfort.
    • the flip side of a known psychological phenomenon called "relative deprivation," by which disenfranchised groups, having been trained to expect little, tend paradoxically to report the same levels of satisfaction as their better-treated, more privileged peers.
    • we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.
    • At every turn, women are taught that how someone reacts to them does more to establish their goodness and worth than anything they themselves might feel.
    • One side effect of teaching one gender to outsource its pleasure to a third party (and endure a lot of discomfort in the process) is that they're going to be poor analysts of their own discomfort, which they have been persistently taught to ignore.

Anger Rage

    • what could be more terrifying than an angry, powerful woman, especially if you secretly care a little bit more about being comfortable than you do about justice?
    • Sex is not the problem. Sexism is the problem, ...
    • An attack on patriarchy, male supremacy, and sexual oppression ... is far harder to allow.
    • Right now, if a man makes a mistake and hurts someone, it might, just for once, ruin his career — but it seems that if a woman makes a mistake and hurts someone right back, or allows her pain to be twisted to serve someone else’s agenda, she damns not just herself, but all other women by association.
  • "Common danger responses by women include:fight, flight, freeze, appease, mend, tend, and befriend."
  • Women! Reclaim your rage
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman (read that if you want to feel a powerful and healthy sense of righteous fury;
    • ‘To respond with anything but fury when confronted with the realities of the world is to be inhumane,’ writes Eddo-Lodge.
    • Audre Lorde’s essay ‘The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism’, which was first published in 1981
    • '...enormous betrayal by a friend she has loved dearly. She is deeply upset and angry… Her rage corresponds to the immensity of what she has lost.’
    • "‘I had just never really known that you were allowed to be angry."
    • 'advice to all the angry women of 2017 is: organise. join up with other women and use your voices.’
    • I'm angry because things needs to change.
    • In the middle of the day or night, rage fizzes up inside my ribcage. .. now I’m biting my angry tongue. I’m sitting on my angry hands so I won’t wrap them around somebody’s infuriating neck
    • so many men are assholes. I am just so sick of it.
    • I don’t always feel just one way. I’m not always sure. And maybe that’s what it is to be a grown-up—living in the middle place, where you can’t decide quickly about everything. A misanthrope, in love with the world.




  • VULNERABILITIES AND EXPLOITS: What happened when the infosec community outed its own sexual predators, by Sarah Jeong
  • DAYNA TORTORICI: In the Maze: Must history have losers?
    • the suffocating ubiquity of harassment and abuse; the election of a multiply accused predator
    • “It’s an absolutely bizarre thing to go through, and it’s fucking exhausting and horrible, and I hate it. And I’m glad. I’m so glad we’re doing it. And I’m in hell.”
    • I’m half-frustrated by men who can’t differentiate between harmless flirtation and harassment, because I believe that most women can.
    • Part of it is the decades we’ve spent being pressured to underreact, ... Resentments accrete, mature into rage.
    • “I stuffed all my harassment memories in an emotional trash compactor because there are just so many,” says my friend Amina Sow. “Now the trash compactor is broken, and everything is coming up.”
    • We can rebuff the harasser; we can choose not to fuck the boss. But in a world where men hold inordinate power, we’re still in bed with the guy.
    • relatively affluent white women in elite professions, women who’ve worked closely enough with powerful white men to be available for harassment. Racism and class discrimination determine whose stories get picked up and which women are readily believed.
    • Because without real, genuine penalties on the line, without generations of men fearing that if they abuse their power, if they treat women like shit, they’ll be out of jobs, shamed, their families devastated — without that actual, electric, dangerous possibility: Nothing. Will. Change.
    • this world is stacked in favor of men, yes, in a way that is so widely understood as to be boring, invisible, just life.
    • He didn’t consider this because in a basic way, he did not think of us as equals.
    • power structures that makes it harder for women to do work because the whole thing is tipped toward men.
    • how butt-groping or unsolicited kissing can exist on the same scale as violent rape -- the thing that unites these varied revelations is... professional harm and power abuse.
    • sexual harassment is ... a form of discrimination.
    • the systemic disadvantaging of a gender in the public and professional sphere.
    • white men, have been afforded a disproportionate share of power.
    • women are evaluated aesthetically by men whose evaluations matter more than women’s work, in contexts that have nothing to do with aesthetics. (RIPE75, mat-wg!)
    • these are still the terms on which we are valued, by our colleagues, our bosses, sometimes our competitors, the men we tricked ourselves into thinking might see us as smart, formidable colleagues or rivals,
    • We don’t consider all the women who — driven out, banished, self-exiled, or marginalized — might have been more talented or brilliant or comforting to us, on our airwaves or in our governing bodies, but whom we have never even gotten the chance to know.
    • if they did not speak out against ____, they would be tarred as self-interested hypocrites; if they did speak out against him, they would be viewed as self-interested executioners.
    • None of this is simple; none of it is easy; it’s increasingly difficult to parse and to live through.
    • Having this conversation as if it’s about sex, and not about equality, involves trauma and pain in its own ways: memories of the visceral fear, physical pain, emotional suffering of nonconsensual contact that so many of us have experienced, to one degree or another.
    • beginning to dismantle men’s unjustly disproportionate claim to every kind of power in the public and professional world.

#MeeToo Salma Hayek & others

Taylor Swift


tech misc

* 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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Further Reading after 34c3

More about silencing


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 against 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."
  • "Male nurses"
    • It's about how the nursing profession is probably relatively safe in the short term from automation, and how we need a shit-ton of nurses, and how it is pretty well-paid. And also how 90% of nurses are women (in the US at least), and why that is. Only 8.5 minutes, but information-rich.
    • things are not so different in other countries: (Shane)
    • sexism in nursing: (John Hawthorne )

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.