FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Django Girls events have been happening all over the world for a while now, and we get some repeat questions. If you need more help: contact us!

Django Girls workshops

A: You want to attend a workshop happening in your city? So cool! You can register on the event's website. If there is no website, it means that registrations are not opened yet. Come back in a few days to check or send an email to the local organizers of the workshop you want to attend.

A: Sadly, you won't be able to apply: events receive many applications and already have a waiting list in case an attendee has to cancel. You can subscribe to our newsletter to know where the next events are planed.

A: You rock! Just send an email to the local organizers of the workshop!

A: Sadly, Django Girls Support Team won't be able to help you: our work is to help other organizers plan their workshop. If you need assistance while doing the tutorial, go to Django Girls Gitter room: a group of volunteers is waiting for you there and will be happy to answer all your questions ;)

Django Girls in general

A: It really isn't, but we can understand why people might feel that way. We've found that by having a women-only space for learning Python and Django, women are more comfortable participating. See this essay on "reverse sexism" and Rails Girls to see what we mean. If you're having the knee-jerk reaction that reaching out specifically to women hurts men, or hurts diversity efforts in other areas, we encourage you to read How I Stopped Worrying and Started Loving Pyladies by Hynek Schlawack. One particularly relevant quote is this:

Outreach programs don't divide our community. They incubate people which aren't comfortable to cope with us from the beginning on and grow our community in the long term.

It doesn't really matter whose fault the initial discomfort is. Whether they're being over-sensitive (hint: they aren't) or whether we're a bunch of a**holes (I know you aren't). The facts are these: if we want underrepresented people to enrich our community, we have to look for pragmatic ways to get them in. Even if the methods don't seem sound to us on the first sight to us.

"Yes, but..." discussion don't help. PyLadies – and similar outreach groups – found a way that works. So be thankful to their organizers for doing this! And again: if you know of a better way, stop sh*tting on their approach and go for it! The world isn't binary; the more approaches, the more diversity, the better.

Also, not all Django Girls events are exclusive to women. Our organizer's manual encourages organizers to use our materials to put on workshops for women and for mixed-gender groups. We've also open-sourced all of our content, so if you like our tutorial but don't want to put on a Django Girls event with it, feel free to fork it, credit us for the content, but rebrand it into something that works for your goals.

We don't want to get men out of programming; we just want to bring more women in. There are already a lot of other bootcamps, workshops, meetups, and groups that are "mixed gender," but are really mostly men. We've found that by limiting our workshop to a majority of women participants, women are more comfortable signing up, asking questions, getting involved, and even staying involved later on. And that's a good thing!

A: Yes! We encourage you to make this explicit on your website. Some events have used this wording:

We are trans-inclusive and welcome applications from all women.

You can add this to your FAQ, or to your event description on your event website. If you'd like to learn more about trans people, you might want to take a look at this illustrated book about gender, this comic, or any of the many other introductions to trans issues on the internet. Thanks to the PyLadies FAQ for pointing us to these excellent resorces.

A: There doesn't seem to be a need for Django Boys at the moment. But all of our content, including our tutorial and this manual, is open sourced, so if you'd like to start a workshop aimed at another audience, we encourage you to do so! We support you starting an organization that reaches an audience you care about. All the resources we've created, including the tutorial and this manual, are open sourced under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4). This means that you can modify, distribute and use commercially, but you cannot sublicense and you have to give us credit and include copyright.