Feminist political associations with a “geek” focus

A friend of mine submitted this out of season for Ask a Geek Feminist. The benefits of friendship, huh?

Here we go:

I want to donate money to a group that influences politics in a feminist – but also “geek” – direction. In particular, many long-standing political organizations haven’t caught up to social media and other Internet-related changes in political organization, and I want to use my money effectively.

What’s your favorite geek-feminist related political organization and why? (Open question to organizations working in any country(-ies), but we note that the U.S. midterm elections are a month away.)

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4 thoughts on “Feminist political associations with a “geek” focus

  1. K00kyKelly

    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has gotten involved in Public Policy in the last few years. They are currently focusing on STEM and Title IX and have quickly become considered a key player in these areas.

    About SWE’s Public Policy Goals: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=180&Itemid=289

    SWE’s Mission:
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.

  2. Elizabeth G.

    A very big Second for the Society of Women Engineers but also if you would like to skew more younger, Girl Scouts! They do a lot of work with your women that include, but is not limited to STEM work (a lot of the STEM work is done in conjunction with SWE, by the by) .

  3. Erica

    I second the Girl Scouts … it is really sad that I can’t think of many organizations that I would think of us “geek supportive” regardless of gender … but in the realm of ones that focus on the female population it becomes even harder …

    Girl Scouts of America are amazing and supportive, to girls in all walks of life … and they have a huge emphasis on STEM as Elizabeth stated …

    I have heard many good things about SWE, but have no personal experience with them …

  4. Kim Curry

    Another second for both SWE and Girl Scouts.

    Girl Scouts / Girl Guides are worldwide.

    SWE has been expanding its international partnerships in recent years.

    A third possibility to consider is Girls, Inc.

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