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Skillcrush, Pyladies, Rails Girls, PHPWomen, Gnome Women... I'm feeling the female-programmer love :)

There's also and the Etsy Hacker Grant for women ( and +LAdy Tacos and +Black Girls Code and... which ones am I missing?
Women in Tech are Awesome!

After depressing myself by reading an article about "Brogrammers" via Reddit (don't worry, women get to be Hogrammers. That's cool, right?) , I turned to the comments section and was delighted to find people posting up lots of awesome resources for women in tech (or programming). I figure a few of you might be interested in the resources, so here are a few links:

Skillcrush It's supposed to be a resource for women, but it seems to cater to everybody! My favorite part is the Tech Terms glossary. Tech industry words like DNS and Web Server are explained simply and concisely. If you've been wanting to know what those terms mean but don't have the programming knowledge to understand the detailed definition, this place is for you! I've found myself doing the same thing for friends, so it's great to see an online resource for it!

An international community build to serve and unify all those ladies interested in learning about the best programming language ever! (*cough*)
They're willing to help anyone learn Python, whether beginner or experienced, so feel free to drop into their IRC channel anytime! If I recall correctly, they even put together a "scholarship fund" to sponsor women interested in attending the past PyCon event.

Rails Girls
Similarly for Ruby, this group is committed to helping women make their ideas reality! If you're interested in Ruby, give them a shout.

Again, for PHP. I'm not a big PHP user, but I'm sure it's a great program too!

Gnome Women
This one's not a programming language resource, but rather a group encouraging women to contribute to Gnome, a cross-platform user interface toolkit (notably, it's the default for Ubuntu).

I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones I found in the Reddit post. If you're interested in finding a community for your own language/library, look around on Google!

The article that started it all:

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Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if this isn't making it worse: instead of trying to get everyone working together, they're just sorta going "ehhh, leave the guys over there. HEY ALL YOU GIRL PROGRAMMERS COME OVER HERE!"

It's voluntary segregation, in a way. I don't see how this benefits anyone. However, at the same time, it's great to see more girls/women get into programming, so I'm not entirely sure what to think of it all. I guess we'll have to wait and see how it all turns out, and just have to keep encouraging more females to at least try programming. (In my opinion, everyone should see about learning the basics, even if they never really program after that)
+Nick Markwell Being that I'm part of Ladies Learning Code, it benefits a lot of people :)
+Pearl Chen yea, it certainly benefits people, but I was referring to whether or not it benefits all programmers as a group. Sorry if I worded that poorly :)

They definitely are good for a short-term solution, but I feel that if they're left to work on their own, then in the end they'll end up just continuing keeping things separated. Basically, I'm worried that everyone will end up falling into the "well, we tried. too bad." state of mind that's oh-so-common recently.
+Nick Markwell Remember that many attendees of these types of workshops/programs are NOT programmers (yet). None of these programs are saying, "Stay away from men" They are just trying to empower more woman to take the dive into programming in an environment that they know they can ask n00b questions and not feel embarrassed.

Even for veterans, asking n00b-sounding questions on a forum ends up in RTFM replies.

(p.s. Men are allowed to attend LLC workshops too.)
+Pearl Chen yea, I'm guessing I failed terribly at explaining.

I know they aren't saying "stay away from men." And I completely understand why people are actively encouraging women to start programming: it's a fun thing to do, there's various reasons that people would avoid it, and there's a lot fewer women than men that program (among numerous other reasons I'd rather not get into at 11:45pm). I think it's great that more women are starting to program, and I hope the numbers keep going up. It's just that I'd also like more that actively encourage everyone to program together. What's out there is decent (...usually...), but I feel it'd do a lot more good in the long term if someone came out and said "guys and girls, come here and code," instead of more things that are at least somewhat gender-biased, and then made sure it stayed welcoming for everyone (unlike the ones that required me add the "...usually..." above), you know? Sorry for the misunderstanding.
+Nick Markwell There are many meetup groups out there that cater for both gender. However, there's a tendency for such groups to be heavily skewed in terms of gender ratio, and some women find it hard to learn or ask questions in such environment where they're the only women in a sea of men.

The aim of these types of group is to provide a comfortable environment for girls who are learning programming and to support each other. It is not to encourage exclusivity, and is unfortunate that it may come across as so.
+Tabris Chen yea, I understand. Until the day that most of the people who want to program feel comfortable in the same room, we're going to need to keep things somewhat-separated just so they can actually learn easily. I didn't intend to suggest that what we have now isn't working, just that I've seen so many new things biased strongly towards one gender or the other, and if people start believing this is a long-term solution, we're screwed.

Again, sorry everyone for derailing the comments like this. I appreciate what all of these groups are doing, and I hope they continue to get more women into programming. I guess that'll teach me to start proofreading what I say before posting it. :P
+Nick Markwell I appreciate your point. :) Thanks for chiming in. I find myself rather turned off by some female-friendly initiatives when they make it too girly. I hope that soon we'll have more gender-neutral stuff that just naturally ends up being 50/50 male/female. One day. :)
Well, I'm glad I finally got it across as intended...even if it took 5 hours longer than I hoped it would. :)
+Nick Markwell sorry for responding so late (finals week!)

Hopefully these groups are seen as supplementary to the established organizations and conventions for coders out there. Someone who's an active member of the local Arch Linux Users Group will likely also be a member of a general LUG as well. Just imagine the general Python community is the upstream for PyLadies ;)

This isn't "separating from men" so much as giving women a better avenue for mentoring each other. During research for an essay, I came across a study from CMU's computer science program that said women are more likely to stick around in cs if they have other experienced women mentor them and answer their questions. I'm sure this applies to any sort of minority; having others around similar to you and going through the same things gives more confidence than feeling like you're going through things alone (not that female-ness is the only deciding factor for whether someone fits in to a cs program).

That said, I agree completely with you. I can't wait until the day we're all one big happy family!
+Dan Nemec yea, absolutely. The sooner it gets to the point that everyone's comfortable together, the better :)
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