[hackerspaces] Women in Makerspaces

Pete Prodoehl raster at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 18:30:21 CET 2013

At Milwaukee Makerspace the majority of our members have decided that if 
you're interested in making things, you're a potential member. We don't 
care as much about your gender, or how you identify, or your ethnicity, 
or whatever, as we do about if you'll be a good community member, and if 
you want to make awesome things.

We just moved to a new location, and it should be a lot less scary for 
first time visitors, and it's in a nicer (residential) neighborhood, and 
I'm hoping we see more women show up, because we do have a lot more male 
members. Whether women want to weld, or knit, or do woodwork, or 
electronics, or screen printing, or use the laser cutter, or build 
popsicle stick bridges, we don't care.. as long as there is interest in 
a making activity, we'll try to facilitate it.


On 1/17/13 10:59 AM, Philip Poten wrote:
> 2013/1/17 David Powell <davepow16 at gmail.com <mailto:davepow16 at gmail.com>>
>     At Baltimore Hackerspace we have been 100% male until last month.
>     We had the occasional Female come through the door but for
>     whatever reason they never come back.
> I think I can help you there:
>     If a hackerspace has one female and she wants more females in the
>     hackerspace then she should start a campaign to find more females.
>     It could be that she host a class about e-textiles or whatever it
>     is females like to talk about.
> The onus is on the hacker space community to open up - but not as 
> white knights, but as a community that continuously re-examines it's 
> stereotypes.

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