The Ada Initiative works to create a “A world in which women are equal and welcome participants in open source software, open data, and open culture.” This is critical not just for the women involved, but for all of us. We need diversity in people creating our infrastructures and technology if we want them to represent all points of view.
To do this The Ada Initiative gathers active women together, such as AdaCamp in DC, with over 100 women active in wide range of open source /free culture projects. I’ve seen the impact such gatherings have, and have seen the Mozilla attendees come away super-charged. The Ada Initiative is also working to reduce harassment, which sadly still occurs more regularly than should be the case.
I was a seed donor, and I’ve just contributed to the current fund-raising campaign. Please consider joining me by donating to The Ada Initiative.
If you are in the San Francisco area this coming Tuesday (Oct 16), you can also join The Ada Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation and Mozilla to celebrate this year’s Ada Lovelace Day at the Wikimedia Foundation’s office in San Francisco.