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Millie the Mapper

Library of Congress March 11, 2016 by Carlyn Osborn

We’ve all heard the story of Rosie the Riveter: women, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who entered the workforce during World War II to aid the American war effort. From Lakehurst to Oak Ridge to Willow Run, women became involved in an enormous range of jobs pertaining to wartime manufacturing, production, and preparation. Some of these women also became involved in drafting, photogrammetry, computing, and mapping. Called “Millie the Mappers” or “Military Mapping Maidens” these women played an integral role in producing accurate and up-to-date maps used by various branches of the military and government during World War II. Continue reading Millie the Mapper

NOVA Labs Ladies Night Out

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (map)

  • Classrooms A & B
  • Our first women’s Makers mixer! Join your fellow females with passions for IT, crafts, woodworking, electronics, drones, 3D printing and/or Making of all sorts. Experts or those just learning; meet, collaborate, network. Come and find out what are women doing with the cool tools at the lab?

    Potluck. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought). We’ll provide water, wine, beer, wine glasses, and cups.

    I’m a Maker and a geek, so we are going to make something and learn something in betwixt the chatting and the mixing.


    -> Keynote speaker: Marybeth Haneline, VP of Nova Labs – She’ll speak about achieving gender equity in the competitive robotics program for youth at Nova Labs.  This robotics season our FIRST Lego League program reached gender equity. This shift didn’t occur on it’s own.  We’ll take a look at the work behind the scenes and lessons learned.

    -> Speaker: DeShawn Robinson-Chew, CEO of SheEO™, LLC – She’ll share her company’s philosopy and goal of exposing motivated young ladies to business, entrepreneurship, finances and goal-setting to prepare them to be self-reliant, successful, and happy in their careers and lives.

    -> Intro to basic electronics

    -> Flash Talks – 5 minutes of sharing what you’re making.

    -> Collaboration project ideas discussion (I’ll pitch a few, you do too).

    I’ll be coming around during the event to recruit people to do Flash Talks. It’s easy, just share what you are making. Very informal. Sharing and collaborating is a HUGE reason the maker movement works.

    This is an opportunity to meet the women and young ladies who are here at the lab. Come ask or answer questions. Let’s hear how you are doing and what you are Making. Have you met some of the amazing women around the lab? Wow! Women are making 3D printers, in the wood shop, at the laser cutter, on the Rhino teams…  This event is not meant to separate based on gender. It’s just one of many types of opportunities to meet like-minded people with similar personal styles and passions. Come meet and network into the Nova Labs community.

NPR PODCAST: When Women Stopped Coding



Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men.

But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.

Today on the show, what was going on in 1984 that made so many women give up on computer science? We unravel a modern mystery in the U.S. labor force.

Tour De Code

October 2014 Tour de Code

DCFemTech’s Tour de Code is a collaboration with dozens of organizations (Women Who Code, Startup Weekend, Code for Progress and more) to help you advance your technical skills. Get ready for an October filled with workshops and events to help beginners learn how to code and design! Follow @DCFemTech for updates.

Please note that there is an intro to Python session on Oct 11, 9:30-1:30!


Code(her) Conference


Day long tech conference in DC.  In depth workshops on the latest programming, development and methods presented by some of the best in the industry.

DC Web Women (DCWW) is one of DC’s longest running tech organizations for women! For almost 20 years we have been training and developing women in the tech space. For the last two years, the DCWW Code(Her) program has been offering classes on the latest web programming languages and technology. Now we have taken the traditional 2 hour Code(Her) format and turned it into a day-long conference on all the hottest web development topics. Think of it as a year of Code(Her) workshops in one day!

The conference is this Saturday and there are student rates for registration!