This is the mega blog post for our workshop, Hacking the Gender Gap. We created this workshop initially for the Women in Tech Summit in April 2012. By “gender gap” we mean the different levels of men and women in science and tech fields, usually where women and other genders are under-represented. For the workshop, we start by sharing some research on the gender gap including when it arises age-wise, why it arises, and what we can do about it. It can be hard to apply abstract research findings to a problem experienced in day-to-day life, so the core of our workshop involves asking participants for their own positive and negative experiences in technology. We then post the experiences on a timeline to see what patterns we can identify, to come up with practical solutions to the problem from our own experiences.
Since that first session, we’ve taken the activity to the following conferences and events:
- Women in Tech Summit, April 2012
- AdaCamp, Washington, DC, July 2012
- HOPE 9, NYC, July 2012
- HacDC, Washington DC, September 2012
- Girl Geek Dinners, Philadelphia, January 2013
- Trans Technology Exhibition & Panel, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, February 2013
- IgnitePhilly #11, Philadelphia, March 2013
- Women’s History in the Digital World Conference, Bryn Mawr, March 2013
You can see all of the stories we’ve gathered on our flickr page right here.
We have also written about the activity for Make:Online, which you can read right here.
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