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

Mark Collier mark at collierclan.net
Mon Oct 6 20:58:07 UTC 2014

Thanks for your leadership! 

> On Oct 6, 2014, at 3:44 PM, Mike Perez <thingee at gmail.com> wrote:
> You're all awesome, as the goal has already been met! The matching challenge has just been raised to $16,384!
> https://supportada.org?campaign=openstack
> 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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