GF classifieds (October 2010)

I was just going to stick this in a linkspam:

  • The Anita Borg Institute for Women in in Technology is hiring! There are currently three positions available: Development Director, Marketing Manager and Manager, Research and Executive Programs. ABI does some pretty high-profile stuff for women in technology, including organizing the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. They’re located in Palo Alto, CA (USA).

But it reminded me that I often hear complaints from people who’d like to hire women but just don’t know where to advertise. ABI likely won’t have much trouble getting their message out to interested women since they’re at the centre of a huge network of technical women, but we’ve had a couple of discussions here on how hiring women can help with gender imbalance in open source, and how hiring women can be challenging and it’s clear that other organizations would like some help.

So I think that calls for another round of Geek feminism classifieds. If you’re looking to hire women, find some people to participate in your study, find female speakers, or just want some like-minded folk to join your open source project, this is the thread for you!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Geeky subjects only. We take a wide view of geekdom, but if your thing isn’t related to an obviously geeky topic, you’ll probably want to give a bit of background on why the readers of Geek Feminism would be interested.
  2. Explain what your project/event/thing is, or link to a webpage that provides clear, informative information about it. Ideally you’ll also explain why geek women might find it particularly awesome.
  3. Explain what you’re looking for. Even if it’s not a job ad, think of it like one: what is the activity/role in question, and what would it involve? What is the profile of people you’re looking for?
  4. GF has international readership, so please be sure to indicate the location if you’re advertising a job position, conference, or other thing where the location matters. Remember that city acronyms aren’t always known world-wide and lots of cities share names, so be as clear as possible! And if you can provide travel/relocation assistance, we’d love to know about it.
  5. Keep it legal. Most jurisdictions do not allow you to (eg.) advertise jobs for only people of a given gender. So don’t do that. If you are advertising for something that falls into this category, think of this as an opportunity to boost the signal to women who might be interested.
  6. If you’re asking for participants in a study, please note Mary’s additional suggestions regarding studies with human research subjects.
  7. Provide a way for people to contact you, such as your email address or a link to apply in the case of job advertisements. (The email addresses entered in the comment form here are not public, so readers won’t see them.)
  8. Keep an eye on comments here, in case people ask for clarification or more details. (You can subscribe to comments via email or RSS.)

Good luck!

9 thoughts on “GF classifieds (October 2010)

  1. Valerie Aurora

    23andMe is hiring. They are awesome because they believe in giving individual people access to their genetic data, as well as using donated data to do fast, large-scale research focused on helping people instead of maximizing number of published papers. Also, founded by women. I saw Linda Avey speak and she’s a wonderful, intelligent person.

    One of the job titles is:

    Scientific Curator / Genetic Content Curator / BS Detector

  2. Leigh Honeywell

    Places I’ve recently heard are hiring:

    * Yahoo in the Bay Area, software engineers and security-ish people
    * Microsoft’s Security Response team in Redmond
    * GE for “Red teamers, Threat Intel pros, and analysts” per their Director of Incident Response’s tweet
    * Freshbooks, which many of my friends work at here in Toronto.

    Via my friend David’s jobs page, some cool places to work which are also hiring are GAP Travel (Toronto, python, yay!) and (Montreal, free software!).

    If I know you at all and you’d like a personal intro to any of these, drop me a line at leigh at

    1. Daniel Martin

      My employer (Google) is hiring, in the bay area and outside it. (I’m based in New York) We’re pretty much always hiring software engineers, but right now in particular I know we’re hiring sales support engineers, Front End engineers, and User Experience experts and Sales and Support people.

      Yes, the gender ratio within engineering skews heavily male, but at least the projects I’ve been on haven’t given me the “men’s locker room” vibe I remember from the college CS lab, and “skews male” should not be confused with “is exclusively male”. This video is a bit dated at this point, but shows the culture well: (Warning: the comments on that video are YouTube comments, so expect the typical losers)

      Plus, we have really good benefits.

  3. Terri

    The Sahana Project, which makes open source disaster management software (for things like keeping track of people and stuff in the aftermath of an earthquake) was the project of choice for the Codeathon at GHC10. They’re quite happy to have new contributors, and I know that there are a few women from the codeathon who are hoping to join the project now, so if you’d like to be one of several new contributors who happen to be female, now might be a good time. :)

    I blogged about the codeathon here, and you can read their blog post about the codeathon here.

  4. John’s goal is to discover, store, analyze, and make available all information about all words in the English language. We’re looking for a front-end developer versed in HTML/CSS/JQuery and Rails, and engineers with backgrounds in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Wordnik was founded by Erin McKean, former editor in chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press; you can see her TED talk that inspired Wordnik here:

    Here’s more info on the front end/Rails job:

    We’re based in San Mateo, California, 30 minutes south of San Francisco. These are full-time, permanent positions, and please, no recruiters. We’re can cover relocation expenses for the right person. If you’re interested or curious, please contact

  5. Mary

    I was asked to pass along Canonical/Ubuntu jobs. I am not employed by Canonical so can’t speak directly about their culture, but they did recently hire Allison Randal, who is a geek heroine of mine, so that’s a positive.

  6. Erin

    So I was really happy to see that John made it here before me to post our job spec (it’s nice to work with guys who not only read Geek Feminism, but get to the latest posts before I do!) …

    I’m trying an amateur experiment in reverse stereotype bias with a posting at GeniusPool by adding this quote to the bottom of the posting:

    “PS: Did you know that, according to a 2008 McKinsey report, that “Internal research at HP showed that women apply for open jobs only if they think they meet 100 percent of the criteria listed, whereas men respond to the posting if they feel they meet 60 percent of the requirements.” (McKinsey Quarterly, A Business Case for Women, Sept 2008) ”

    I’m hoping this encourages women who are at 60% or higher to apply for this position — we’ll see!

  7. Becca Tabasky

    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, for which I work, has put out our call for applications for 2011-2012 academic year fellowships!

    We have amazing women as part of our fellows community, working on projects and research across the range of issues associated with the study of the Internet.

    A ton of information about fellowships, the program, how to apply, and more can be found at

    And if you have any questions, you can shoot me a note – rtabasky at

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