By Valerie Aurora (Co-Founder & Executive Director, Ada Initiative)
You are invited to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with the Ada Initiative and Wikimedia Foundation on October 16 from 5pm to 8pm in San Francisco! A worldwide event to raise the profiles of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), join us on Ada Lovelace Day for an evening of socializing, learning about amazing women in STEM, and catching up with friends.
Deadline to apply to join Astia’s fall global entrepreneur program is Monday, September 17, 2012.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Wikipedia says “Astia is a genus of jumping spiders” but here in the tech world, we are familiar with Astia as the non-profit that accelerates women starting high-growth high-tech ventures, offering programs for entrepreneurs globally – providing access to capital, expertise and a global network of mentors, advisors, investors and more.
There should be a deep cultural change in the tech field to value women’s contributions and make their contributions more visible to the outer world.
By Netha Hussain (Volunteer, Wikimedia)
There is nothing else that changed my life like Wikipedia. It is not just that I “edit” Wikipedia, but I also “celebrate” it. Editing Wikipedia is a rewarding experience as it helps me gain a new perspective of things. It is also exciting to be able to share the bit of knowledge I know with the millions of knowledge seekers from around the world.
Women and Wikipedia
Like most other tech-related organizations, Wikipedia too cannot boast of high female participation. A recent research points out that only 9% of the editors of English Wikipedia are women.
Women are more likely to occupy positions that are precarious and thus have a higher risk of failure – either because they are appointed to lead organizational units that are in crisis or because they are not given the resources and support needed for success.
By Anna Billstrom (iOS & Facebook App Developer, Self)
Marissa Mayer took the position as Yahoo!’s CEO, breaking through the glass ceiling at Google only to encounter the “glass cliff” -
“A glass cliff is a term coined by Professor Michelle Ryan and Professor Alex Haslam of University of Exeter, United Kingdom, in 2004. Their research demonstrates that once women break through the glass ceiling and take on positions of leadership they often have experiences that are different from those of their male counterparts. More specifically, women are more likely to occupy positions that are precarious
By Leslie Bradshaw (Co-Founder & President, JESS3)
When you think about the need for more women occupying more power seats, what comes to mind? How about things like the boardroom, the C-suite, the Fortune 500 and the Forbes 400? What about places like Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Capitol Hill and The White House?
Well folks, add to your list: Wikipedia.
As the world’s #1 resource site in the world, we should all take pause in thinking about what it means that less than 10 percent