Why is it called “Feminist Hack” if it’s not a hackathon and it’s not just for women?
Feminist (n.) – a person who advocates equal rights for women
Hack (n.) – a creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation
Feminist Hack – a group of people who advocate equal rights for women in technology
What are y’all about?
The purpose of the group is to bring folks together to help create a climate in the Austin tech and startup community that supports women’s participation and leadership and advances gender equality. We acknowledge that feminist values in the workplace benefit people of all genders (paid parental leave, flexible schedules, increased diversity, etc.). We offer workshops aimed at fostering skills and knowledge that are crucial for advancing gender equity and eliminating unconscious bias, and we provide opportunities to bring leaders and learners together for networking, educational opportunities, and crucial conversations.
Who should attend?
You don’t have to be a programmer to join! You also don’t have to be a woman to join! Anyone who’s interested in supporting feminism in technology is welcome.
I’m not sure if I should attend, what should I do?
You should come! If you’re interested in the group, that’s all that’s required. (We won’t make you show us your feminist card.) If you still have questions or concerns, please reach out to us.
Can my company/organization sponsor one of your events or support your work?
Absolutely! Feminist Hack is happy to promote sponsoring companies who help to fund our activities. Please contact us for more information on how to become an official sponsor.
Can recruiters attend your events?
Yes, but first you must contact us. We generally ask recruiters to sponsor the event they want to attend to help defray our costs. Shoot us an email to learn more!
Can we talk about whether feminism is valuable or needed?
We can definitely talk about that but not in this particular group. We’ll expect that if you attend, you already believe or are willing to entertain the idea that feminism is valuable and benefits people of all genders.
Is this group primarily about white feminism?
I really hope not! The organizer is a white feminist but the goal of the group is to be attentive to all feminist issues, including especially for women of color.
I’m worried this will be real heavy/intimidating.
Don’t be nervous, this is a friendly group! We drink coffee, chat with cool people, get to know each other, and generally have a pleasant time, so come on out!
What if I have a question that’s not addressed here?
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.