100 Days Selected Project for Women

Supporting women in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is more important now than ever before. Studies have found that 84% of women have been told by colleagues that they are too aggressive in the workplace while 88% of women have experienced subconscious bias in which clients address questions to male colleagues which should be addressed to them. As a result, 50% of women with careers in STEM fields will eventually leave because of hostile work environments.

During the first 100 days of the next presidential administration, Prototype Pittsburgh: A Feminist Makerspace aims to break down gendered stereotypes by hosting 20 workshops facilitated by feminists of all genders that will create a supportive environment to help at least 100 women gain confidence and show that they are welcome in STEM fields. Prototype isn’t just a makerspace. We are actively engineering, designing, hacking, and prototyping the kind of world we want to live in. In our physical location you will find computer numerical control (CNC) machines next to a loom and a library with books on human centered design and unicorns. Our programming is just as diverse. Our Protobabes are teaching workshops on building your own furniture, negotiating salaries, and harvesting seeds for sustainable gardening. Prototype aims to shake things up. We are a space where feminists can get outside of our echo chambers. We are a place for support, curiosity, vulnerability, and failure without shame. Our classes reflect this notion as seen in our attached workshop series.

Project Leader/Applicant:

Elizabeth Larson from Pittsburgh (Oakland / Shadyside)

Additional Team Members:

Erin Oldynski

Project Budget:

$5,000

Related Links:

prototypepgh.com/ Prototype: A Feminist Makerspace will engage 100 women in 20 workshops to learn hands-on skills in engineering, technology and advocacy.

Important Dates:

  • January 26: "Gender neutral learn to sew" with Jenn Gooch
  • January 28: "How to use CNC to design with BoXZY desktop milling machine" with Hadley Pratt
  • February 2: "Hand drawn animation in Adobe Flash/CC: learn basic animation techniques" with Jayla Patton
  • February 4: "3D Modeling: Computer Aided Design with Fusion 360" with Michael Koliner
  • February 9: "Build and solder your own synthesizer part 1" with Tara Goe
  • February 11: "Build and solder your own synthesizer part 2" with Tara Goe
  • February 16: "How to pitch a promotion and negotiate a raise" with Erin Oldynski
  • February 18: "How to use CNC to design with BoXZY desktop milling machine" with Hadley Pratt
  • February 23: "Make your own spray foam furniture" with Nina Barbuto
  • February 25: "3D Modeling: Computer Aided Design with Fusion 360" with Michael Koliner
  • March 2: "Design intent: approaching design through making" with Miriam Devlin
  • March 4: "Digital painting with Photoshop: learn blending techniques in Adobe Photoshop" with Jayla Patton
  • March 9: "Make an assemblage lamp with recycled materials" with Naomi Walker
  • March 11: "Preparing and filing your own taxes: what you need to know" with Louise Larson
  • March 16: "Learn how to weave with a giant loom" with Cindy Crabb
  • March 18: "How to pitch a promotion and negotiate a raise" with Erin Oldynski
  • March 23: "Germination: growing plants and projects from seeds" with Digital Salad
  • March 25: "Reproductive Justice" with Planned Parenthood
  • March 30: "Entrepreneurship through bow tie making" with Nisha Blackwell
  • April 1: "Resume review and interview techniques" with Louise Larson