The first International Women’s Day was observed on 19 March, 1911: 36,515 days ago. In honor of 101 such observances, and in the spirit of celebrating the achievements of women, here are a few of the past year’s highlights and milestones for women in geekdom.
Awards and Recognition
- Ada Lovelace Day
- Anita Borg Institute: Women of Vision
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- Women in Technology (WiT)
- The Hollaback project used Kickstarter funding to launch a website and mobile applications for iPhone and Android to combat street harassment
- Valerie Aurora announced a standardized anti-harassment policy aimed at open source software conferences, which has since been adopted by several major events
- Noirin Shirley became the first woman to serve on the Apache Software Foundation board of directors and as an executive officer
- Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner launched The Ada Initiative to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture
- MÃ¡irÃn Duffy released free course materials for teaching digital media skills using free software, having developed them to teach a local Girl Scout troop
- A report published in 2010 showed that venture-backend startups led by women delivered better than average results
- Jane Silber became CEO of Canonical
- Physicist/Feminist marks IWD by posting statistics on the progress of women in science from 1958 to 2006, using statistics from the NSF
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