Women-Related Science/Technology Email Lists

Last updated: September 11, 2012

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Here are some women-related email lists that focus on science and/or technology. If the instructions say "send usual subscription message," the message to send is SUBSCRIBE [listname] Your Name (e.g., SUBSCRIBE WISENET Jane Doe):

AFEMMSS-L is a list associated with the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Metaphysics, Methodologies, and Science Studies. The list aims to be an interdisciplinary group for people studying gender and science from many perspectives. To subscribe, see the AFEMMSS-L web page.

BCS WOMEN is a British-based discussion group under the aegis of the British Computer Society devoted to providing support for all woomen working in information technology. For more information, including how to join, see the BCS Women web site or the BCS Women Yahoo Groups page.

bionet.women-in-bio is a Usenet newsgroup for women in biology. For more information about Usenet, see USENET in the complete list of women-related lists.

CompSciblings is a Facebook group for men and women to join together to discuss any and all issues relating gender in the STEM fields. The idea is both to get a broader viewpoint on issues affecting women in the field, as well as to hear from the source about issues affecting men. For more information or to join, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/236300739774529/

CompScisters is a Facebook group for women taking the free online courses (MOOCs) offered by Udacity, Coursera, and EdX within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Departments. Any woman taking a free online STEM class is welcome to join. In addition, all alumnae are encouraged to stay active members. This is a place for support, socializing, and networking. This group is not a study group. For more information or to join, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/compscisters/.    (For men and women interested in how gender issues relate to STEM, please consider joining the Facebook group CompSciblings at https://www.facebook.com/groups/236300739774529/.)

DAPHNET is a British-based e-mail network for and about women in science,engineering, and technology, including those returning to paid work after a career break. For more information or to subscribe, see the DAPHNET web site.

Debian-Women is an email forum for Debian users and developers who wish to involve more women in the Debian project. The forum is for discussion and sharing of ideas as well as project collaboration. For more information or to subscribe, see the Debian-Women Mailing List site.

EWM-ALL is a low-volume list that connects European women academic mathematicians, allowing advertisement of jobs, fellowships, conferences, discussion of mathematical research, and issues specifically relevant to women. More information is available at the EWM-ALL web page. To subscribe, go to the web page or send the message JOIN EWM-ALL Firstname Lastname to JISCMAIL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK .

FABLIST focuses on feminist approaches to bio-ethics. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE FABLIST Your Name to LISTSERV@LIST.MSU.EDU . For more information, see the FABLIST web page

femOVE is a German-language forum for women working in Electrical Engineering and related fields. It is part of the Austrian organization femOVE, founded in 2009 to provide networking, encouragement, and support for women in these fields. To get more information about the forum or to subscribe, go to femOVE's mailingliste web page.

FemPTheoryQueer-aoir.org is a list for all academics, activists, technologists, and others interested in considering how feminist, postcolonial, and queer issues and methods can assist us in understanding the Internet, related cultures, and computer technologies. Some of the list's current concerns are the politics of Internet research; communicating with individuals in related fields; mentoring among women, people of color, and queers in the Internet research areas; developing bibliographies and syllabi; and academic hiring and promotion practices. The list is hosted by the Association of Internet Researchers. For more information or to subscribe, see the FemPTheoryQueer web page.

FIRSTRCU is a Yahoo group for members of the Robot Chicks Union (RCU), an organization whose mission is "to inspire girls of all ages to value science, engineering, and technology." The RCU advocates the involvement of females in FIRST. For more information or to subscribe, see the FIRSTRCU Yahoo Groups web page.

GENDERANDICT is a moderated international list for everyone interested in international gender and ICT developments, including policy-makers, academics, women's organizations, and designers of software or courses. The list can be used to disseminate announcements of workshops, conferences, new websites, job openings, and the latest research results. For more information or to subscribe, see the GENDERANDICT web page at http://mailman.let.uu.nl/mailman/listinfo/genderandict .

GENDER-SET is a list for discussion of research on gender, science, technology, and engineering (SET). For more information or to subscribe, see the GENDER-SET web page at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/gender-set.html .

GIS_WOMEN is a Yahoo group for women in or interested in Geographic Information Systems. For more information or to join, see the GIS_WOMEN web page.

GRRLTALK is a LinuxChix list for women who are interested in the GNU/Linux operating system, the Open Source Software movement, and/or the efforts of the Free Software Foundation. However, topics on GRRLTALK are quite diverse; you needn't know a lot about Linux to participate, and if you wish to talk about your cat or your favorite sci-fi/fantasy author, or share a poem with other grrltalk members, that's fine. For more information or to subscribe, go to the GRRLTALK web page at http://www.linuxchix.org/mailman/listinfo/grrltalk . For more technically oriented discussion, see the LinuxChix TECHTALK list.

ICTFORRURALWOMEN is an information and announcement list that circulates information about resources, events, and organizations working on issues related to how women can use ICTs [information and communication technologies] to support their grassroots productive enterprises. For more information or to subscribe to the list, go to the ICTForRuralWomen web page

JOBPOSTS is a LinuxChix list for announcing technical job openings. For more information or to subscribe, see the JOBPOSTS web page.

LinuxChix is an organization for women interested in Linux, Open Source, etc. There are a number of different discussion lists available under the LinuxChix banner including Grrltalk (the random discussion list), Techtalk (the technical discussion list), Issues (issues related to women, linux and the world), Newchix (list for new linux users), Grrls-only (a women-only discussion list), Courses (list for courses run by linuxchix volunteers, such as basic programming concepts, security, and C), Jobposts (a place for posting and finding jobs), Announce (announcement list for all of Linuxchix), and several other lists for volunteers. More info on subscribing to the lists can be found at http://www.linuxchix.org/content/docs/listinfo.html.

LINUX-WOMEN is a list for women who play and work in Linux. It is not affiliated with the LinuxChix lists mentioned above. "The name is linux-women, the mailing list manager is SmartList, and the hosting site is niestu.com. If that's not enough information for you, write to us at LW-INFO@NIESTU.COM and tell us what steps you've already taken to find us."

LIS stands for Lesbians in Science and is a list for lesbians in industry, universities, government labs, etc. Send message SUBSCRIBE LIS Your Name Your e-address to LIS-REQUEST@KENYON.EDU .

NOGLSTP is a list run by The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals. To subscribe, send a message to NOGLSTP-REQUEST@NOGLSTP.ORG and put the word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject header. More information is available on the NOGLSTP web site.

PGELIST is run by the Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology. The list reflects the Program's commitment to bringing about a more gender-equitable climate in and outside the classroom and to increasing interest, retention, and achievement of girls and women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. To subscribe, send a blank email to join-pgelist@lists.nsf.gov.

Phd Grads is a set of lists that seek to support women in computer science who are either finishing up their PhDs and looking for jobs, or are in academic positions and seeking tenure. The lists include PRETENURES, for junior faculty women who have not yet received tenure, and PhdjobhuntHers, for women who are looking for and then beginning Computer Science PhD-level jobs in academia or industry. PhdjobhuntHers replaces two other lists, Phds2005 and 2006. The Phd Grads lists are now under the aegis of the Anita Borg Institute. For more information, see http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/systers/phd-grads-email-list/.

POLSKAWIT is a bilingual (Polish/English) list for women in technology. To subscribe, send a message to POLSKAWIT-SUBSCRIBE@TOPICA.COM. POLSKAWIT is part of the WorldWIT network.

PRETENURES is a list designed to support women in computer science who are junior faculty members--i.e., those who are pre-tenure. To join this list or to obtain more information about this and other lists for women in computer science, see the Recent PhD Graduates website.

ResearcHers is a list limited to women active in computer science research in industry, government labs, and academia. It is not for developers, managers, or other non-researchers, nor for students, even if they are doing research. It is now under the aegis of the Anita Borg Institute. For more information or to join the list, go to the ResearcHers web page .

SGA (SCIENCE, GENDER, AND AFTERSCHOOL) is a moderated list for afterschool practitioners, educators, scientists, researchers, intermediaries, policymakers, and parents who are interested in increasing girls' participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The list provides members an opportunity to share ideas and exchange information with others interested in increasing participation in STEM through afterschool programming. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE SGA FirstName LastName to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AED.ORG. For more information, see the Science, Gender, and Afterschool website.

SYSTERS is a women-only forum designed for professional women in computer science. Topics vary, but include introductions, job listings, book reviews, discrimination, "what should I do" situations, and setting up systers meetings at conferences. It is also a place to organize efforts to change or influence policies affecting women in computer science. To subscribe, see information at the SYSTERS web page.

TCW (Technology, Commerce, and Women) discussion forum was formed as a project of the National Women's Studies Association's Eco-Feminism Task Force. Topics may include pollution and resource depletion (including, but not limited to ""Eco-Feminism"), corporate globalization, the use of technology in feminist research, and the involvement and/or recruitment of women in science, engineering, and business. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE to TCW-SUBSCRIBE@NWSA.ORG .

TECHNICALWOMAN is a web-based forum where women in technical fields can network and discuss matters of concern to them. Technical questions are welcome, as are postings on topics such as being a woman in a male-dominated field, work-life balance, job announcements, and more. For more information or to join the forum, go to http://technicalwoman.com/.

TECHTALK is a LinuxChix list for technical discussion among women interested in Linux or in the Open Source Software movement. More information about the range of topics can be found by examining the TECHTALK archives. To subscribe, go to the TECHTALK web page at http://www.linuxchix.org/mailman/listinfo/techtalk .

WAM exists to help members of Women and Mathematics keep in touch and share information. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE WAM to MAJORDOMO@MYSTERY.COM .

WEBWOMEN-TECH is a list for women involved in the technical side of managing web sites. To subscribe, send a message with just the word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject: header to WEBWOMEN-TECH-REQUEST@NIESTU.COM .

WEPAN-L is the e-mail list associated with WEPAN, Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network. WEPAN's purpose is to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering. You must be a member of WEPAN to subscribe to the e-mail list. More information is available at the WEPAN web site.

WHOM is a list for women historians of medicine. Women working in the history of public health, health issues, medicine, and medical sciences are welcome to join. Managed by Conevery Bolton Valencius of Washington University, the list provides an informal way for women historians to cooperate, network, strategize, and circulate information. To join, send the message SUBSCRIBE WHOM Your Name to LISTSERV@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU .

WIENET (Women in Evolution Network) fosters networking among all people interested in the experience of women in evolutionary biology and science in general. Most subscribers are academic scientists, although all viewpoints are welcome. To subscribe to the list, send the message SUBSCRIBE WIENET Your Name to LISTPROC@WUGATE.WUSTL.EDU . Note: the listname, WIENET, must be in all caps.

WIGSAT-L focuses on international gender, science, and technology issues for NGOs, researchers, policy makers, and anyone else interested in gender, science, and technology for development. The list regularly distributes information on job announcements, events, and publications, including the International Gender, Science and Technology Digest. For more information or to subscribe, go to the WIGSAT-L web page.

WIM-SERV (Women in Medicine Listserv) is run by the Association of American Medical Colleges' Women in Medicine program. The list provides a vehicle for discussion of WIM organizational issues and activities, improving equity in medicine, leadership development issues, family and flexibility issues, and women's health in medical education. You can subscribe from the WIM-SERV web page at http://www.aamc.org/members/wim/listserve.htm .

WIN (Women in Neuroscience) is a list that links over 600 women neuroscientists throughout the world. It is affiliated with the Society for Neuroscience. To subscribe, contact Ivy Dunn at IDUNN@P300.CPL.UIUC.EDU .

WIPHYS is a moderated list for issues of concern to women in physics. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE WIPHYS to LISTSERV@APS.ORG .

WISENET is a list for women in science, mathematics, and engineering. Send usual subscription message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU .

WiseWomen is a high-volume list (20-50 messages per day) established to support women on the web by providing a supportive atmostphere to deal with issues of web development and consulting. Among the topics covered are HTML coding questions, JavaScript, CSS, Flash, server-side issues, etc.; web graphics and web design; hardware and software tools; starting a consulting business; being a female computer consultant/web developer, etc. For more information or to subscribe, see the Wise-Women web site.

WITCH (Women in (the) Computing History) "hopes to augment traditional resources of women's history and histories of computing by being a repository for women's own stories throughout the history of computing." To subscribe, send a message to WITCH-REQUEST@NIESTU.COM with the single word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject header.

WOMEN_DEV, affiliated with the Women in Game Development SIG, is an unmoderated forum for women professionals in the interactive entertainment (games) industry. The list is open to all individuals who are interested in this topic. The list supports the Women in Game Development SIG's goal to proactively encourage and support women in the games industry. The list supports this goal by providing an open forum for discussion of issues about women in the industry, including education, mentorship, coporate successes and failures, career networking, game development, and equity. To subscribe, see the WOMEN_DEV web page.

WOMEN-IN-ECOLOGY is a list for women ecologists in academic or related institutions primarily in higher education. For more information or to subscribe, see the WOMEN-IN-ECOLOGY web page at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/women-in-ecology.html .

WOMENINSCIENCE is a list for women scientists from the United Kingdom and Switzerland. To subscribe, send the message SUB WOMENINSCIENCE to LISTSERV@MILEPOST1.COM . You can also subscribe at the womeninscience web page.

Women in Technology is a listing of email lists focusing on women in technology, in the U.S. and elsewhere, run through the list organization Topica. I'm including it here because it's extensive and includes a number of local lists not covered by Gender-Related Electronic Forums.

WOMENINWILDERNESS is a list for discussing women who enjoy outdoors recreation such as mountain climbing, backpacking, scuba diving, wilderness homesteading, etc. and the careers open for women in the fields of natural science, such as game warden, conservation officer, biologist, etc. You can subscribe at the womeninwilderness web page .

WomenTech is a national online community for 1) women in male-dominated tech occupations and 2) female students in community colleges who are pursuing tech careers. WomenTech enables members to network online, share tips for being successful in school and on the job, and have some female company. Tech occupations are broadly defined to include the full range from information technology to auto technology. For more information or to subscribe, see the WomenTech web page at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WomenTech/ .

WW-TALK is a list where women web designers discuss matters off-topic for the WiseWomen list. Topics have ranged from DSL vs. cable modems to the merits of estrogen therapy. For more information or to subscribe, see the Wise-Women web site.

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