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PyLadies is an international mentorship group which focuses on helping more women become active participants in the Python open-source community.[1][2][3] It is part of the Python Software Foundation.[4] It was started in Los Angeles in 2011. The mission of the group is to create a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences and social gatherings. PyLadies also provides funding for women to attend open source conferences. The aim of PyLadies is increasing the participation of women in computing. PyLadies became a multi-chapter organization with the founding of the Washington (D.C.)[5] chapter in August 2011. The group currently has more than 40 chapters around the world.[6]


The organization was created in Los Angeles[7] in April 2011 by seven women[8]: Audrey Roy Greenfeld, Christine Cheung, Esther Nam, Jessica Stanton, Katharine Jarmul, Sandy Strong, and Sophia Viklund. Around 2012, the organization filed for nonprofit status.[9]

PyLadies today has over 100 chapters.[10]


PyLadies has conducted outreach events for both beginners and experienced users.[11][12] PyLadies has conducted hackathons, social nights and workshops for Python enthusiasts.[13]

Each chapter is free to run themselves as they wish as long as they are focused on the goal of empowering women[14] and other marginalized genders in tech. Women make up the majority of the group, but membership is not limited to women and the group is open to helping people who identify as other gender identities as well.[13][15]


  1. ^ Pantozzi, Jill. "Presenting PyLadies: Python Programmers". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ "About PyLadies". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "PyLadies". GitHub. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. ^ "$10,000 Raised for PyLadies at PyCon 2013". Marketwire. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018 – via EBSCOhost.
  5. ^ "DC Pyladies Meetup". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. ^ "List of Pyladies Locations".
  7. ^ Payne, Heather. "Review of PyLadies:Intro to Python". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  8. ^ "PyLadies Intro to Python Workshop – PyLadies". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  9. ^ Shah, Angilee (2012-02-16). "Geek Chicks: PyLadies, a Gang of Female Computer Programmers". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  10. ^ "PyLadies Locations". PyLadies. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  11. ^ Nam, Esther. "Events, Workshops, Hackathons and startup kits". Women 2.0. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  12. ^ Gonzales, Nanette. "Pyladies, a gang of female computer programmers". LaWeekly. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  13. ^ a b Burke, Elaine (2013-10-22). "Way to code: adult coding groups driving an upskilling revolution - Portfolio". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  14. ^ Kohn, Stephanie (2018-03-08). "Empoderamento feminino: conheça grupos que ajudam mulheres a programar - Carreira". Canaltech (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  15. ^ Rayome, Alison DeNisco (12 September 2018). "Why Python is so popular with developers: 3 reasons the language has exploded". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2018-11-22.

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