New feature: Wednesday Geek Woman

2010 October 13

Leigh mentioned off-blog that she wished it was Ada Lovelace Day all the time around here… why not? Let’s run a profile of a geek woman on Wednesdays! And I have to say, this seems like an ideal job for… guest posters!

Submit your profile of a geek woman in (hidden) comments here and selected ones will be posted (perhaps lightly edited) on Wednesdays. Here’s what to include:

  1. Optional: a quick one sentence bio paragraph about yourself, with any links you want. For example: Mary is a humble geek blogger and you can find her at <a href=""></a> (if this is missing, you will be assumed to want to be anonymous!)
  2. Compulsory: two or more parapraphs describing your geek woman, ideally including why you admire her in particular.
  3. Optional: links to her biography, her Wikipedia page, and so on.
  4. Optional: agreement that your post can be used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (posts that have this can be used in the Geek Feminism wiki).

Here’s a form you could copy and paste into comments:

My bio (one sentence only, optional):

Name or pseudonym of the geek woman I am submitting:

My post about this woman (two or more paragraphs):

Links to this woman elsewhere (optional):

[Please delete this line if you don't agree!] I agree to licence my post under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.

Note the following:

  • our definition of ‘geek’ is broad: crafters, writers, community organisers, scientists, hackers and creators all welcome
  • anyone is welcome to submit profiles, including men
  • we’d prefer living or historical women, fictional women will be occasionally accepted but won’t be the main feature
  • profiles of women who don’t have some kind of public profile, which might include things like a professional homepage with a professional bio, an academic homepage listing her publications, a Wikipedia page with her biography, may not be accepted. We don’t want to highlight someone who’d rather not have a Web presence.
  • no geek woman is too well-known for this series at this point. If more than one person submits the same woman, their profiles will be combined.
  • per How Not to Do Ada Lovelace Day, profiles of women focussed on them being a supportive life-helper to a man geek will not be accepted (collaborative geeking with men of course accepted)
  • this really shouldn’t need to be said, but your post should be about the woman’s geeking, not about her appearance or personal life
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This post was written by mary.

Mary is a Free Software contributor, computational linguistics research student and programmer at large. She can also be found at and Hoyden About Town.

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3 Responses
  1. pfctdayelise permalink
    October 14, 2010

    I don’t know if you can selectively un-hide comments but I just wanted to say – great idea! I’m looking forward to these entries.

    • Mary permalink
      October 14, 2010

      Make sure to submit one then: we have not (yet!) had a huge number…

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