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July 23, 2014 4:44 PM Subscribe
Why Silicon Valley Needs The Coder Grrrls Of Double Union, The Feminist Hacker Space
The lack of women in the tech world isn't just a pipeline problem--it's one of rampant sexism. Enter the haven of Double Union.
Like many area hacker spaces, Double Union offers a place for people to use and learn technical skills, charging a sliding scale fee between $10 and $50 a month. What differentiates DU from the dozen or so other Bay Area hacker spaces is that it exists specifically and exclusively for people who identify as both women and feminists. (That includes trans women. "Not all women have uteri, or xx chromosomes," reads the DU website.) Double Union wants to provide a safe place for women to try things--and potentially fail--and then dust themselves off and try again, no judgment.
"It was hilariously radical just to make it," Greenhall says of Double Union. "To have a space for women, and to have a space that you know, wasn't like the Lean In style--just explicitly saying it was a feminist space."
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