From zine-making to mental health awareness, plus some great conferences

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast audio expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.

This Week’s Blog Posts:

New Zine “Playing With Python: Two of My Favorite Lenses”

A Python zine by Recompiler magazine contributor Sumana Harihareswara, with directions on how to make your own!

Why I Teach Girls How to Code?

A Palestinian woman named Ayah Soufan led a group of girls, all whose family members had cancer, to create a mobile app that helps everyone involved go through that struggle. The girls ended up winning first place in a regional competition where that win along with newfound confidence and a passion for programming is keeping them at it in the CS field!

Reflections on #GHC16 As An Introvert

With so many awesome conferences finally listening to us re: diversity & inclusion, codes of conduct, and other women in tech issues, I find myself wanting to ATTEND ALL THE CONFERENCES! But I’m an introvert. And attending conferences is scary. And exhausting. And…and…..and…::sigh::.

Rosalie Chan, also an admitted introvert, wrote this piece for Medium about how to get through conferences by accepting yourself, knowing your limits, and making explicit networking goals.

Triggering is not a joke.

Literally one of the shortest and most important reads you’ll find on the Internet. Tweet it. Share it. Bookmark it.

It takes less than 3 minutes to teach our kids about consent

As a mom, this is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately (largely due to the state of the election and one of its candidates in particular.) While I was watching the news last week, my seven-year-old daughter was reading a book and I thought not paying attention to anything beyond that, but all of the sudden she looked at me and asked me what’s “sexual abuse”. Following a brief description of my own, I scoured the Web and came across this video and watched it together. I strongly suggest if you have kids of your own, or know anyone who does that you should pass this on.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe!

Mental health issues affect so many people — myself included. In this talk, Justine Arreche opens up about her struggle with addiction and an eating disorder after being sexually assaulted at a tech conference.

Justine stresses the importance of making these issues more transparent and discussable. Mental Health Days should be encouraged and not frowned upon. Continuing conversations with people who suffer and with people who don’t are equally important.

“Happy people build better software…we can’t build anything amazing if we can’t take care of each other.” ~ Justine Arreche

Upcoming Events:

Ela Conf
Friday, November 4th — Saturday, November 5th: Philadelphia

Tech For Justice — FREE!
Saturday, November 5th — Sunday, November 6th: Remote via Slack, Github, and

ffconfDiversity Scholarships Available! (Apply by November, 1st!)
Thursday, November 10th — Friday, November 11th: Brighton, UK

Thursday, November 10th — Sunday, November 12th: Cincinnati, Ohio

The Next Web Momentum Conference(50% off Discount for Tech Ladies! **)
Wednesday, November 16th: Brooklyn, New York

** Tech Ladies connect women with the best job opportunities in tech and connect companies with the best women techmakers. It’s free to join!

Defrag 2016Diversity Scholarships Available!
Wednesday, November 16th – Thursday, November 17th: Broomfield, Colorado

RubyDayDiversity Scholarships Available! (Apply by November 1st!)
Friday, November 25th – Saturday, November 26th: Florence, Italy

Saturday, December 10th: New York City

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference) – Early bird tickets go on sale on Tuesday, November 1st!
Friday, April 21st — Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

Also: Call For Proposals for WOOTCONF (Women Of Open Technology) ends on November 7th!

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