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Ruby on Rails Workshop

Thanks to everyone who contributed and attended the workshop this October. We hope we were successful in hosting an attitude-free, newbie-safe and mama-friendly tech event encouraging women to join the Ruby on Rails community.

Women are a minority in most technical communities, but in open source communities the numbers are even smaller — by a factor of about ten or more.

Moving forward, we encourage our newly empowered programmers to meet monthly and use their skills towards open source projects in a welcoming, collaborative, mixed gendered environment.

Click here to learn more about the Open Source Code Crunch.

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Julia Ashmun

Hiding Your Gender

Ever think that you might get further in your tech career if you were only a man?  James Chartrand of Men with Pens proved this theory to be correct.

There is no such thing as gender equality in technology.  Women must consistently prove themselves to colleagues over and over again.  But try representing yourself as a man, and all this changes.

“Taking a man’s name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and service” says James.

But your tech cred doesn’t just drop because you’re a woman.  Your race, your accent, your weight, and even your clothes all come in to play.  And forget about getting any respect while your pregnant!

It’s not shocking to think that a person would hide behind an online persona to be judged on the merits of their work alone.  Have you tried it?  Would you like to?

Read more about James’ story here.

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