We’ve been saying for a while that we ought to do something like this, so here’s a first attempt.
I frequently get email from people who say that they’re trying to recruit women for events, projects, speaking gigs, research studies, or whatever. I sometimes wonder… what am I meant to do with these emails? I’m not just going to post them here every time. For one thing, it would be spamalicious, and for another, I quite often don’t know the event/project/etc in question and don’t have time to research it before implicitly endorsing it by posting the want ad.
So, this is going to be a semi-regular (I hope) place for people who are looking to reach out to women to post their information.
Here’s how it works:
- Geeky subjects only. We take a wide view of geekdom, but if your thing isn’t related to an obviously geeky topic, you’ll probably want to give a bit of background on why the readers of Geek Feminism would be interested.
- Explain what your project/event/thing is, or link to a webpage that provides clear, informative information about it. Ideally you’ll also explain why geek women might find it particularly awesome.
- Explain what you’re looking for. Think of it like a job ad: what is the activity/role in question, and what would it involve? What is the profile of people you’re looking for?
- Keep it legal. Most jurisdictions do not allow you to (eg.) advertise jobs for only people of a given gender. So don’t do that. If you are advertising for something that falls into this category, think of this as an opportunity to boost the signal to women who might be interested.
- Provide a way for people to contact you, such as your email address. The email address you enter in the comment form is not public, so don’t assume that readers can see it.
- Keep an eye on comments here, in case people ask for clarification or more details. (You can subscribe to comments via email or RSS.)
If you’d like some more background/tips on how to reach out to women for your project/event/whatever, take a look at Recruiting women on the Geek Feminism Wiki.
And, because this is the first time we’ve had this sort of thing, here are some examples of things that would be suitable to post:
- If your workplace is hiring, and you’d like to see more women applying, you could post job ads here and tell us why geek women would love working there.
- If you are an event organiser, you could use this to recruit speakers or attendees (be sure to mention any efforts you have taken to make your event women-friendly).
- You could advertise for guest-bloggers or writers for geeky publications.
You get the idea. Good luck!