GeekGirlCon is changing the way the world sees women geeks. The conference emerged out of a need for a female-centered space within geek culture and a place to celebrate this often forgotten community.
The mission is simple: honor female contributions in the geek space by connecting geek-identified women worldwide and promote growth. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as GeekGirlCon celebrates its sixth year in production with attendance numbers in the thousands.
The conference will take place at the end of September in Seattle, WA, but the impact is being felt throughout the geek girl community worldwide, mainly because this convention seeks to go where no conference has gone before.
Here are five ways GeekGirlCon is combatting gender inequality in the geek space.
Despite what the name suggests, GeekGirlCon welcomes both men and women of all interests to join their annual convention. In their words, “everyone is a geek at heart,” whether it be in science, technology, gaming, the arts, or any other realm. Not only that, but women allies are encouraged to attend, regardless of their gender identification. While the event seeks to honor the contributions of women in the fields of science, technology, and the arts, the invitation extends to anyone who believes that these contributions should be celebrated.
Tackling the gender gap
GeekGirlCon has carved out a space for women in the arts and tech space during a time of wage gaps, inequality and blatant gender discrimination. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between all communities, especially among genders. They accomplish this mission through both the conference and year-long affiliated events. The aim of every GeekGirlCon event is to initiate dialogue and action around discrepancies in geek culture, and find a way to combat each one.
GeekGirlCon sets itself apart by redefining the way similar conferences operate. The organization’s progressive agenda to develop a culture that makes everyone feel welcome and able to express their unique quirks is a trailblazing notion in the geek space. This conference is the first of its kind. The conference is in its sixth year of production, demonstrating the growing need for this type of community.
There is strength in numbers. While individuals who identify with this group may be marginalized in their daily lives, GeekGirlCon provides a space where these individuals can feel welcome, celebrated and included. The conference emphasizes a “we” mentality, encouraging members to dispel judgement and consider the community at large. This is a place where all races, abilities, genders, creeds and nationalities can come together as a unified presence with a unified purpose: to empower one another.
Standing strong in the face of adversity
Despite past controversy, GeekGirlCon continues to stand behind its mission. Pioneering movements rarely proceed without opposition, and GeekGirlCon has had it’s fair share. Despite this, the organization remains solid in its beliefs and its good intentions. The community remains resilient and continues in their effort to bring about equality and increase representation within geek culture.
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