FeMake

The home of data on female makers 👩‍💻

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#5 Product of the DayNovember 28, 2018

FeMake is a combination of data and tools to understand, support, and celebrate female representation in the maker community.

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Reviews

  • Danielle Johnson
    Danielle JohnsonUptimeBar | Leave Me Alone | ReleasePage
    Pros: 

    Beautiful visualisations and a fantastic data set!

    Cons: 

    None

    I love everything about this product! As the maker community grows it's super important to get an understanding of the diversity, FeMake makes it super simple to see the female representation in different areas. I hope that we can start to use this data to encourage more women to come and make 💛

    Danielle Johnson has used this product for one week.
  • Marie Denis
    Marie Denis👩🏻‍💻 womenmake.com • 📖 threader.app
    Pros: 

    Visualizations make it easy to read the result.

    Cons: 

    None.

    I'm glad someone took care of analyzing this data, it gives a good idea of where we are and the output worth a look.

    Marie Denis has used this product for one week.

Discussion

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Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
😊Hi Product Hunt, 🏡I'm very excited to be launching FeMake today, since this project touches close to home as a female maker on this platform. 🤔Since joining the maker community recently, I've been very pleasantly surprised by the positivity and support of females. However, when I looked at sites like 500 makers, I didn't see many women. So, I wanted to know: where does the maker community really stand in terms of inclusion, and more importantly, why might that be? 🐦I started with this tweet and the responses made it clear that I wasn't the only one who wanted to see this data. 📈So, I pulled all the maker and product data from the beginning of PH time (aka Nov 2013). After decoding over 40k names, I now had a view on the presence of women and how this has changed over time. More importantly, I think we as a community hopefully have a clearer view of the real picture: areas we can improve, areas we have improved, and something to measure moving forward. 🌟Finally, I wanted to make FeMake more than just a data center so I chose to include suggested tools and celebrate top female contributors, who have been influential in inspiring other women to join this movement. 💡If you'd like to understand my approach, reflection on the data, and why I even care about this project in the first place, you can read my article here. FeMake is also a part of Makers Festival under Inclusion, if you would like to vote for it. 💜Special thank you to a fellow female maker @tcodinat, who helped me create the amazing launch GIF and for sending me a customizable ProductHunt API script to play with. Also, thank you to @marie_dm_ and the entire Women Make community for helping me and other women to find their voice in tech.
Mo Rajabifard
Mo Rajabifard@morajabi · Co-founder & CEO @ There.PM
@stephsmith74 @tcodinat @marie_dm @stephsmith In order to improve something, we need to measure it. Great job Steph for giving us the tool to evaluate the numbers so we can see the progress. I reckon it's especially useful for guys to see the ratio and a rough idea of gender diversity in the startups and the tech field as a whole. It certainly works better than some guys gut ;)
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@stephsmith74 @tcodinat @marie_dm @morajabi Thank you Mo! I agree, without data, it's so difficult to really say where we're at and if we're improving. Hopefully we'll see some positive movement in the data over the next year
sarah jackson@sarah__jackson · Making things and living in Portland, OR
@stephsmith74 @tcodinat @marie_dm_ @stephsmith This was an ambitious project and you nailed it. 🔨 I think a lot of folks would shy away from making something like this due to the sheer amount of data. I know there was a good amount of manual work that also went into this. I admire you, nice job 😀
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@stephsmith74 @tcodinat @marie_dm_ @sarah__jackson Thank you Sarah! It was overwhelming at first but totally worth it due to the community response. 💛
Toni Codina
Toni Codina@tcodinat · Entrepreneur, designer & Noon founder 💃🏻
Such a great website to visualize the lack of female representation in the maker field. The different graphs & tables throughout the page really wrap it all together. Good job Steph!
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@tcodinat Thank you Toni!! You were a huge help on the project and inspire me as a female maker. 🌟
DKB@dkb868 · 1 of 2 hackers
Beautiful project. Do you have plans to add any more related data to the website? Seems like there's lots of possibilities there.
Mo Rajabifard
Mo Rajabifard@morajabi · Co-founder & CEO @ There.PM
@dbrereton Yes, there certainly is room! Do you have any particular suggestions DK?
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@dbrereton Thanks so much DK. 😊I would love to integrate more data outside of just PH! Do you have any specific ideas for where I should look?
DKB@dkb868 · 1 of 2 hackers
@stephsmith @morajabi Would be curious to see stats for different online communities like IndieHackers and WIPchat. And info about female entrepreneurs in different tech hubs might also be cool.
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@morajabi @dkb868 Ah this is a great idea! I will look into it. Thank you.
Abadesi
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
Super cool to see the results of your work so beautifully laid out ✨
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@abadesi Thank you! 💫
Marie Denis@marie_dm_ · 👩🏻‍💻 womenmake.com • 📖 threader.app
You did an awesome job Steph! 💫 I saw you working on the data to make something out of it and the result is amazing as well as really interesting. Information is key and like @morajabi said, it's important to have this data in order to see where we are at the moment, where we were and what we can do about it. I love that this project can have an impact on our perception of the maker space and its diversity.
Steph Smith
Steph SmithMaker@stephsmith · NomadHubb + MYGA + Eunoia + FeMake
@morajabi @marie_dm_ Thank you!!! I totally agree and am sure that we will see this data go up in 2019 with all of the things that Women Make is doing. Thank you for creating an inclusive and supportive space for us. 🙏💛