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There are subtle ways the tech industry leaves young women out. With programming, accessibility, codes of conduct or the lack thereof, tech conferences can be unpleasant for women rather than a great experience organizers try so hard to create. In this talk, I’ll lay out some obvious and not-so-obvious ways tech conferences could be better spaces for women interested in tech.

There are subtle ways the tech industry leaves young women out. With programming, accessibility, codes of conduct or the lack thereof, tech conferences can be unpleasant for women rather than a great experience organizers try so hard to create. In this talk, I’ll lay out some obvious and not-so-obvious ways tech conferences could be better spaces for women interested in tech.

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  1. 1. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 WHY 1 Tech Conferences Can Suck for Women (and How to Fix it)
  2. 2. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 2 ANDREAWoman and WordPresser @andreazoellner
  3. 3. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 3
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  5. 5. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 5 It didn’t matter how hard I’d worked to prepare my talk, my appearance was more important. PROBLEM:
  6. 6. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 6 WHYfocus on conferences?
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  8. 8. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 8 can serve as a litmus test for industry-wide attitudes, behaviours, and culture. CONFERENCES
  9. 9. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 9 Am I comfortable here? Is this for me? Do I belong? Am I enjoying this? ”
  10. 10. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 10 we’re intentional about fostering a sense of belonging, we create a space where people can do great work. WHEN
  11. 11. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 #1 11 fail at being inclusive when women feel out of place. CONFERENCES
  12. 12. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 12 http://allmalepanels.tumblr.com/
  13. 13. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 13 “When we don’t actively seek out different speakers, we’re getting a tiny sliver of the best content out there because we’re consistently mining content from a small group of people over and over again.” -Katie Orenstein CEO and founder of 
 The Op-Ed Project, ” ”
  14. 14. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 14 Invite Encourage Coach Recruit Sponsor
  15. 15. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 #2 15 fail at creating a sense of belonging when women feel dismissed. CONFERENCES
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  17. 17. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 #3 17 fail when women feel sexualized, or worse, unsafe. CONFERENCES
  18. 18. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 18 https://medium.com/@annevictoriaclark/
  19. 19. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 19 THECode of Conduct is more than just a policy.
  20. 20. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 20 RESOURCES •Increasing Diversity at Your Conference, by Ashe Dryden 
 www.ashedryden.com/blog/increasing-diversity-at-your- conference •TheLi.st, A Network and Visibility Platform for Professional Women
 theli.st •Geek Feminism Wiki
 http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Geek_Feminism_Wiki
 •Outspoken Women
 https://outspokenwomen.io/
  21. 21. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 21
  22. 22. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 22
  23. 23. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 23 TAKEcare of each other.
  24. 24. @andreazoellner WordCamp US 2017 WHY 24 Tech Conferences Can Suck for Women (and How to Fix it)

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