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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 is a co-working community in Washington, D.C. and network of 40 organizations working to promote transparency, accountability, and civic engagement all around the world.
The 20,000 square foot Hub serves as the physical home of diverse groups promoting these open government/governance ("open gov") reforms through technology, research, media and advocacy. The Hub's mission is twofold: to provide a physical home and shared resources to opengov organizations - helping its members be more efficient; and to serve as the center for collaboration, learning, innovation for this field - helping its members and partners be more effective and have greater impact.