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Women have been leaders in computing from the start, but not enough of our contributions are remembered. Keep our history.
Women have been leaders in computing from the start, but not enough of our contributions are remembered. Keep our history.
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Posted by Jessica Dickinson Goodman (Creator)
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I spend 2 hours on the train every day from San Jose to San Francisco, getting to work and back. The train cars I ride in hold about 130 people each, 170 on Mondays when the entire workforce in Silicon Valley has all staff. 10 hours a week is a good sample set to get to know sleeps sitting up, clutching his gold iPhone; who does--and redoes--her make-up between Mountain View and Palo Alto; who is terrified of that bee that sometimes rides between San Francisco and Milbrae.

Some days, I am not a fan of my fellow passengers. The man-spreading, the persistent coughing, the loud, nasty business phone conversations. But sometimes, when I'm particularly snappish of the soul, I try to imagine that the 130 people in my train car are the roughly 130 educators we've sent free decks to. I imagine the man-spreader spent the day teaching algorithms using our cards; the cougher got her cold from the middle schoolers she mentoring; I do not have any hope for the loud, nasty business phone conversers, they can keep using their bachelor uncle's Bicycle deck.

One of the joys of selling online is that I can imagine anyone has my deck tucked in her purse, in his pocket. As part of clearing out our warehouse because our shipping vendor Shipwire has decided to step away from the small business market, I inputted orders for a batch of free decks and posters to go to educators around the world.

Every educator who wants a free deck fills out this survey (we're still accepting requests!). Below are a sample of the responses we've gotten in the past year. I have dozens more like them in my responses file, but I think these will give you the gist of how people are using this project our in the world.

Every one of the educators behind these applications received free decks because of your support.

What project could these decks help with?

  • I would like to use these for intro CS classroom activities on sorting algorithms. While not using them in class, I plan to keep a deck out on my desk, along with other CS-related "toys" that often generate conversation when students come to my office. This project is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for making and disseminating the cards! 
  • [Our program] implements a Leadership Institute for college women every other June. We have about 25 attendees from colleges all over Washington. We would love to be able to give a deck out to each woman participant.
  • Creating a more knowledgeable group of computer science students on campus.
  • I teach computer programming and video game design and would like to get more girls involved in the computer classes. I will use the cards to get different students to investigate the notable woman and raise awareness of their contribution to this field 
  • At this moment I haven't come up with a project but one idea is to hand them out at the beginning of a term as students enter class. They then have to pair up and introduce themselves and tell the other person about the person on their card.

How have you worked in the past to connect girls and women to technical careers?

  • I'm a college professor at an all-women's college. Connecting young women to computing and technical careers is one of my primary goals. I am currently working to establish a new peer mentoring program in CS at [Name of] College, and have in the past done a lot of work towards broadening the participation of women in CS (mostly with college students). 
  •  We do a monthly Food for Thought dinner lecture and some of our speakers in the past have come from STEM fields. We also have a once-a-year event at the Gov's Mansion where we honor women from different fields. In 2015, we honored Women in Business and several were from the tech fields. 
  • I am a new associate professor in computer science at a small college. I want to really work on bringing more women into our program. 
  • I teach computer courses in the high school and would like to try and encourage more girls to take these courses. 
  • I am a high school teacher and have work with girls to to explore computer science courses and jobs. 
  • I have worked in colleges and encouraged young women to pursue degrees in computing and develop programming skills. 
  • Quite honestly, we as a department (Business) have struggled to get females in some of computer classes notably our Video Game Design class and Java Programming. We are looking for anything that will make them more aware of the impact and need for women in this field.

Financial need:

  • I have a very small budget for supplies like these [...]
  • We are a 15 year old nonprofit...annual budget about $100K and one staff person. We try to get sponsors for almost all our programs. We'd love to have these cards donated as I think they'd be a huge hit.
  • We're a small department, restarting. We will purchase some items from you, but this would be a nice starter set for us.
  • I am a public high school teacher and have not budget for these types of materials for my classroom. 
  • I am a high school business teacher and do not have a budget to purchase items. 
  • I work in a school in England that has just started out and we are working on a limited budget. 
  • I am a high school business teacher. Our budget is pretty tight and our school district is looking at having to cut somewhere between 4 and 6 million dollars next year.

I know my work in politics should have worn me callouses to protect my heart from stories of people trying to do good without enough resources; but it has not. These applications still make me teary-eyed

Thank you for your support, and remember, help us out by buying before Friday. Thank you!

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