BBL: Women in Technology, Politics, and Civic Engagement
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)
We are now sold out for this event. Due to the high level of interest, if you'd like to be informed of the next event in the series, please join the mailing list above. For those who sign up to the mailing list, we will also send you the conference call details so that you are able to join by phone on the 20th.
In the United States, women comprise more than 50% of the population, but make up only 18% of US legislators at the national level, and 24% at the state level. Women are more active users of social media on a percentage basis than men in the US. Yet women comprise only 3% of CEOs of technology entrepreneurs, and 89% of veture capital-backed companies have all male teams.
We invite you to join us for a round table discussion on the topic of Women in Technology, Politics and Civic Engagement. This session is meant to be the first of many as the OpenGov Hub and the Omidyar Network team up to develop a larger event series focused on better understanding how women can play a more influential role in the increasingly busy intersection of tech, elected office, and civic engagement.
For this session, we would like to bring together women and men interested in these topics from any number of vantage points - e.g., those working on gender issues professionally, data analysts, community activists, politicos, governance gurus, technologists - to get feedback on what kinds of future discussions would be of interest. Be prepared to brainstorm and contribute your ideas!
Some questions to consider in advance:
- Do government service delivery access and quality vary between women and men in the US and elsewhere?
- Does increased civic engagement from women (for example, participatory budgeting) lead to better service delivery outcomes for everyone?
- Does having more women in political leadership diffuse or mitigate polarization in politics?
- Do women use technology for civic engagement differently than men? What are the implications for organizations trying to affect change through technology?
Space is limited for this first event. If you are interested in joining outside of Washington DC, conference call service may be provided (TBC).
When & Where
The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub aspires to be the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.