Marc is right that *harassment* is not necessarily an issue that affects our group (and the MN tech community at large, as far as I know), but *discrimination* is. Not necessarily active or intentional discrimination, but let's be honest, we are an extremely, unusually, unnaturally, and eerily homogenous group.
I would be interested in seeing this at least be a topic of discussion among these local meetups. We can all read blogs about "women in tech" and lament the issue, but I think these sorts of things probably change at a local level first.
So, Kevin, James, and Jason: when you added the "proactive" section to the code of conduct, did you have any ideas about how we might do this as a group? Anyone else?
40 men in a room proclaiming the group is free of sexual harassment may be factual but is not particularly meaningful.
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM, Marc Grabanski <[address removed]>
Also, my wife has been to a lot of meetings including JS MN and has had, in general, good experiences. I think women should be respected and encouraged to come, so I think a note of encouragement and embrace..focusing on outreach..would go further than making rules / code of conduct.