[Openstack] Support the Ada Initiative: A Challenge to the OpenStack Communtiy

Mike Perez thingee at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 20:44:52 UTC 2014

You're all awesome, as the goal has already been met! The matching challenge has just been raised to $16,384!


Status: https://adainitiative.org/counters/2014counter-openstack.svg

Mike Perez

> On Oct 6, 2014, at 11:33, Mike Perez <thingee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some of you may already be aware of Sage Weil’s challenge to the open source
> storage community to raise the level of female participation in open source by
> contributing to the Ada Initiative [1]. I would also like to share about the
> Ada Initiative, and how they are helping open source communities like
> OpenStack. I’m also going to increase Sage’s original matching to $10,000 and
> extend a personal challenge [2] to the OpenStack community. If you already know
> about the Ada Initiative, you can donate now:
> https://supportada.org?campaign=openstack
> The current status of the campaign can be found here:
> https://adainitiative.org/counters/2014counter-openstack.svg
> The Ada Initiative has helped over two million women get and stay involved with
> open source communities. The organization helps communities understand
> a culture that needs to exist in order to successfully achieve diversity. While
> women make up about 30% of the software developer community, they only account
> for less than 10% of the open source community.
> On a personal level this is something that I have been actively committed to
> doing and I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer as a mentor at
> a couple of groups that are bringing diversity to the tech community. The
> PyLadies San Francisco group is providing exciting workshops [3] that will give
> a foundation to women to expand on. The Women Who Code group is preparing women
> for internship opportunities through the Gnome Outreach Program for Women in
> open source projects like OpenStack [4]. It's these experiences that led me to
> explore how the OpenStack community promotes diversity.
> Today the OpenStack community has been including a Code of Conduct [5] in an
> attempt to provide a safe, no harassment environment at our summits. We have
> events [6] that bring women together to talk about their achievements, to get
> others excited on what can be contributed to the community. Our participation
> in the Gnome Outreach Program for Women continues to grow with mentors eager to
> bring out the talent of our selected interns [7].  Things are getting better
> but we have a long way to go.  The Atlanta design summit had attendance of 9%
> women, up from 7% at the previous Hong Kong summit.  But this number is still
> unacceptable, and as others have echoed in the community, we must work to make
> it better.
> This is a change I want the OpenStack community to be part of. I would like to
> kick start things with the community with a challenge for us to raise $10,000
> before Wednesday, Oct 8th, to which Sage and I will match that dollar for
> dollar!
> https://supportada.org?campaign=openstack
> Thanks,
> Mike Perez
> [1] - http://ceph.com/community/support-ada-initiative-challenge-open-storage-community
> [2] - https://www.dreamhost.com/dreamscape/2014/10/06/support-the-ada-initiative-a-challenge-to-the-openstack-community/
> [3] - http://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesSF/events/201387112/
> [4] - http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-SF/events/195850392/
> [5] - https://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-paris-summit-2014/code-of-conduct/
> [6] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkzyNbvl_5g
> [7] - https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OutreachProgramForWomen
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