Though some women take offensive at the title of “geek,” others embrace it. But whether you love or hate the title, female geeks often feel isolated in the technology community, making up less than 10% of the technical workforce in the UK. This is where Girl Geek Dinners comes in. Founded by Sarah Blow in 2005, Girl Geek Dinners provide a forum where women in technology don't have to constantly “prove themselves” and can be recognized as experts in their fields without the “old fashioned social stereotypes” that some people (though not all, she is quick to state) still believe.
Girl Geek Dinners are not formal events; they are generally buffet dinners, with speakers on a variety of topics relevant to technology and/or business, or women in technology. Despite the name, men are welcome to attend, provided they've received an invitation from a female who will be attending the Dinner. The number of men allowed to attend varies; it can be up to 50%. It has been found that when more men attend an event the group dynamics change, as men aren't used to dealing with women in a technical situation. Conversely, women are also not used to being around other women in technology. The ultimate hope of Girl Geek Dinners is that they will become irrelevant as women become more prevalent in technological fields.
In the meantime, if you're interested in attending a Girl Geek Dinner, a list of current, active Girl Geek Dinner events around the world can be found here. For more information on Girl Geek Dinners, read a BBC News article or visit the Girl Geek Dinners website.
Girl Museum Inc.