For several years now, members of the Julia community have noted that our community is not as diverse as it could be. While the community strives to be welcoming, diverse, and inclusive towards people from all backgrounds, our surveys [1, 2] show that we still have a long way to go. This is especially so for gender diversity: The 2020 Julia User & Developer Survey found that only 3% of respondents identified themselves as women*, and did not collect data on non-binary or other genders.
As Julia users and developers whose genders are under-represented in the community, we believe this needs to change. To that end, we are announcing the formation of Julia Gender Inclusive, an initiative to promote gender diversity and inclusion within the wider Julia community. We aim to do this through a combination of community building, targeted outreach, education, mentorship, and mutual support, in the hopes of addressing potential causes of gender under-representation.
We welcome anyone who sees their gender as under-represented within the Julia community, including women, non-binary people, trans people of all genders, and people exploring or questioning their gender. Because gender is multifaceted, we are intentionally being general about what gender under-representation means.
Some activities we are planning for the near future include:
- A JuliaCon lightning talk on Improving Gender Diversity in the Julia Community
- A follow-up Birds-of-Feather discussion at JuliaCon on gender diversity
- Regular meet-ups to foster community building — our first meet-up is scheduled for July 10, 4PM UTC, and you can sign up here!
We have also created a Slack workspace to facilitate communication, discussion, and planning, which we invite any interested members to join! Just fill out this sign-up form, and we can add you to the Slack workspace. You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via direct message on Discourse, whether you are an interested member or an ally looking to offer support.
We look forward to your energy, ideas and participation — and to building an even more welcoming Julia community for all of us, regardless of gender
– Members of Julia Gender Inclusive
Xuan (they/she, @Xuan)
Kim Louisa Auth (she/her, @kimauth)
Laura Ventosa (she/her, @laurava)
Huda Nassar (she/her, @nassarhuda)
Krithika Natarajan (she/her, @22natarajank)
*We note that there may be under-reporting bias in this 3% figure, given that 10% of respondents declined to identify their gender, and 20% of visitors to JuliaLang.org are presumed to be women by Google Analytics.