I’ve written a practitioner reflection for the Journal of Peer Production Issue #12, where I talk about the efforts that maker communities around the world are making to be more inclusive and accessible. It’s a special journal issue on the institutionalisation of makerspaces, so check it out for a bunch of other interesting papers too!
Seattle Attic is a feminist makerspace in the suburban Fremont neighbourhood in Seattle. Since opening in 2013 they’ve inspired various other feminist hackerspaces to open around the US. Its founders decided to start their own makerspace built around a strong Code of Conduct after being involved with other local makerspaces in Seattle and feeling like they didn’t really fit in there.
Double Union is a feminist hackerspace in San Francisco, located on an industrial estate in the Potrero Hill neighbourhood next door to the building that used to house the offices of the Mythbusters TV show! DU was originally inspired by another feminist hackerspace, Seattle Attic, which aimed to be a welcoming place for women to work on hacking and making projects.