Our Wednesday Geek Woman series of profiles has been on partial hiatus for half a year or so, but we’d like to have a run of profiles leading up to Ada Lovelace Day on the 7th October. Depending on submission volume it may also run as a regular feature again.
Wednesday Geek Woman is like Ada Lovelace Day only throughout the year. Most of our submissions are by guest posters, and these posts allow you to submit entries to the series.
Submit your profile of a geek woman in (hidden) comments here and selected ones will be posted (perhaps lightly edited) on Wednesdays. Here’s what to include:
- Optional: a quick one sentence bio paragraph about yourself, with any links you want. For example:
Mary is a humble geek blogger and you can find her at <a href="http://geekfeminism.org/">geekfeminism.org</a>Notes:
- if this bio line is missing, you will be assumed to want to be anonymous. This applies even if you put a name and URL in the comment field.
- don’t feel pressured into revealing things about yourself you don’t want to. A pseudonymous, mysterious, vague or simple bio is fine.
- Compulsory: two or more parapraphs describing your geek woman, ideally including why you admire her in particular.
- Optional: links to her biography, her Wikipedia page, and so on.
- Optional: agreement that your post can be used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (posts that have this can be used in the Geek Feminism wiki).
See previous posts for examples.
Here’s a form you could copy and paste into comments:
My bio (one sentence only, optional):
Name or pseudonym of the geek woman I am submitting:
A few words summarising the woman’s geek accomplishments (for example “AI researcher” or “discoverer of supernova” or “engine mechanic”):
My post about this woman (two or more paragraphs):
Links to this woman elsewhere (optional):
[Please delete this line if you don’t agree!] I agree to licence my post under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
Notes on things we do welcome:
- a broad definition of ‘geek’: crafters, writers, community organisers, scientists, hackers and creators all welcome
- profiles submitted by anyone, including men
- multiple submissions by the same person are fine, so if you’ve submitted before, or you’ve already submitted this time, no problem!
- famous geek women: no geek woman is too well-known for this series unless we’ve featured her before. If more than one person submits the same woman to this round, their profiles will be combined.
- living women
- historical women
- women who use pseudonyms
- profiles you’ve published elsewhere (as long as you kept the right to allow us to republish it), for example, an Ada Lovelace Day post you made in previous years. If your piece has appeared at another URL, please give us that URL.
We may not publish your profile if it falls into these categories:
- there are lots of geek women past and present, so for now we will not be re-posting a woman subject who has already been featured. See previously posted women. (Exception: if the woman was featured as part of a group profile, an individual profile is fine.)
- profiles of women, especially living women, who don’t have some kind of public profile, which might include things like a public blog, a professional homepage with a professional bio, an academic homepage listing her publications, a Wikipedia page with her biography. It’s fine if she’s not famous, but we don’t want to highlight someone who’d rather not have a Web presence at all.
- profiles of fictional women
- per How Not to Do Ada Lovelace Day, profiles of women focussed on them being a supportive life-helper to a man geek will not be accepted (collaborative geeking with men of course accepted)
- this really shouldn’t need to be said, but your post should be about the woman’s geeking, not about her appearance or personal life