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Engine of More: Men's Sheds?

Engine of More: Men's Sheds?

Today is International Women’s Day. I’d like to highlight some Hackerspaces run by women.

The first is Hackermoms & The Mothership in Oakland California.

In 2011, ten misfit moms (artists, writers, entrepreneurs, designers, makers, educators, professionals), our kids and a hired babysitter met in each other’s homes for nine months before we got up the nerve to open our non-profit space. These moms shared certain alternative qualities: a mind for ideas, a “make-or-die” hunger to create, a boredom with the usual moms groups, and the recognition that motherhood has a dark side. Love is abundant, but life with young kids can be an isolating and fractured existence. We wanted a way to balance that.
— https://hackermoms.org/where-we-came-from/

The idea of pooling childcare to be able to have time to make and collaborate, for me, is the true spirit of what a Hackerspace should be for. Please go and check out their story on the Hackermoms website.

Also Lovelace Space, Dublin currently a group without a space, Lovelace Space is named for Ada Lovelace the first programmer. The space aims to be a Hackerspace setup on the principles of inclusion and feminism. Women and non-binary folks make up the majority of the membership and they strive to include as many vectors as possible, there are men too of course, they intend to practice what they preach in terms of gender diversity.

Lovelace Space is named for Ada Lovelace, the mathematician, writer and world’s first computer programmer.

The people behind Lovelace Space are a group of makers of all stripes, who want to support a vibrant, diverse, creative community in Dublin, full of people making great things with new and traditional tools.
— http://www.lovelacespace.com/about-lovelace-space

I’ve chosen to high-light these two spaces to illustrate that hackerspaces can be diverse, further than that they can choose to be specifically diverse. When there are still such rabid arguments about gender and gender roles, without even going into toxic-masculinity, I am cheered by the diversity of many of the Hackerspaces I’ve visited. Whilst I think there is a place for “Mens Sheds” I think we all need a shed. Making is an important part of life for all of us.

todays thumbnail is from “The Dept of Spontaneous Combustion” in Oakland, CA.

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