Sharing Solidarity with Women Around the World

On Wednesday, it was International Women’s Day. This week is dedicated to you, ladies!


This book: Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories is definitely on my reading list. If you’ve read it, let me know how you liked it!

Nevertheless, She CodedThe Practical Dev stands in solidarity with the many women and non-binary individuals in our community for International Women’s Day. Here, they share their stories.

Women Take Tech: Scholarships For Women: The Flatiron School has partnered with diverse organizations to award over $500,000 in scholarship funding to make coding education more accessible to aspiring female programmers.


Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 22 – ‘Be bold For change’ on International Women’s Day: A selection of inspiring women who are supporting the fight for equality in energy and sustainability.


International Women’s Day: Calls to Action, Protests and Words of Praise: A detailed article with extremely powerful photos about how the day was celebrated globally.

7 influential feminists share the most powerful thing about being a woman: In one of many posts of its kind, seven influential feminists talk about the most powerful thing about being a woman. Responses talked about the strength of sisterhood, the value of resilience and the importance of self-love.

Debate Rages Over How ‘Attractive’ Female Video Game Characters Should Be: An interesting and thought-provoking account of how women are currently portrayed as video game characters and why diversification needs to happen.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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“Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection” by Reshma Saujani

“We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave,” says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. When boys are having problems with coding, they say, “There’s something wrong with my code.” When girls are having problems with coding, they say, “There’s something wrong with me.” We need to teach our girls to be comfortable with imperfection and to be brave.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

RubyConf Phillipines:
Thursday, March 16th – Friday, March 18th: Bohol, Phillipines

React London:
Tuesday, March 28th: London, England

MagmaConf: (Save 30% Now! Includes conference, housing & meals)
Wednesday, March 29th – Friday, March 31st: Manzanillo, Colima Mexico

Render Conference: A 2-day conference for front-end developers – Scholarships Available! Apply by January 13th, 2017.
Thursday, March 30th – Friday, March 31st: Oxford, UK

Saturday, April 1st: London, England

DjangoCon Europe – Financial Assistance Available! Apply by January 16th, 2017.
Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th: Florence, Italy

An Event Apart: Seattle – Three Days of Design, Code, and Content:
Monday, April 3rd – Wednesday, April 5th: Seattle, Washington

Women Techmakers Montreal:
Saturday, April 8th – Sunday, April 9th: Montreal, Canada

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference):
Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

Capital Go Language Conference:
Monday, April 24th – Tuesday, April 25th: Washington D.C.

Wonder Woman Tech: London
Thursday, April 27th – Friday, April 28th: London, England

DrupalCon – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply.
Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th: Baltimore, Maryland

csv,conf,v3: A community conference for data makers everywhere
Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday, May 3rd: Portland, Oregon

DevOpsDays Austin:
Thursday, May 4th – Friday, May 5th: Austin, Texas

Salt Lake City DevOpsDays:
Tuesday, May 16th – Wednesday, May 17th: Salt Lake City, Utah

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

Friday, May 19th – Saturday, May 20th: Detroit, Michigan

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

Music City Code:
Thursday, June 1st – Saturday, June 3rd: Nashville, Tennessee

CircleCityCon 4.0:
Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 11th: Indianapolis, Indiana

O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference: Building a Better Web
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference: Build Resilient Distributed Systems
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

We RISE Women in Tech Conference: Super Early Bird Tickets Available until March 12th!
Friday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 24th: Atlanta Georgia

Kansas City Developer Conference:
Thursday, August 3rd – Friday, August 4th: Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, August 23rd – Saturday, August 26th: Portland, Oregon

Call For Proposals:

!!Con – Closes March 20th
– Closes March 28th 11:59 EDT
All Things Open – Closes March 28th
Øredev – Closes March 31st
Open Source Bridge – Closes March 31st
Code(her) Conference – Closes March 31st
7in7 Digital Nomad Conference: Closes in April
We RISE Women in Tech Conference – Closes April 01, 2017 02:59 EDT (Offers Travel Assistance!)
360|AnDev – Closes April 7th
DjangoCon – Closes April 11th, 2017 08:00 EDT
Wonder Woman Tech – Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. 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.