Systers Initiatives

Get involved with Systers with a variety of programs, from special interest groups to our Pass It On Awards. Click on an initiative or group to learn more.

Community Voices
Read the inspirational stories and experiences of our Systers members.

Pass It On Awards
Funded by Systers and others, these awards allow the winners to “pass on” their expertise by funding their projects to support other women in tech.

Systers Open Source
Take part in one of 13 active open source projects, including initiatives with our Peace Corps partners and apps created by Systers members. You’ll be able to:

  • Improve your software development skills while participating as an architect, coder, designer, or mentor.
  • Learn the software development life cycle and Agile methodology while supporting projects with social impact.
  • Gain global collaboration experience and cultural competence working with participants from around the world.
  • Develop skills in key technologies including Android, iOS, Java, Swift, HTML, CSS, Jquery, Javascript, PHP, Kohana, MySQL, Python, Django, Selenium, and Ruby on Rails.

We welcome all to participate! No experience is necessary for most projects, and mentorship is provided. Join our email list and our Slack group to get started!

Special Interest Groups

Share experiences and discuss questions of interest to female entrepreneurs in IT and related areas.

Join a a private email forum for female technical students, alumnae, faculty, and staff at community colleges.

Systers-IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force)
Systers involved in IETF topics can participate by email or in person at Systers-IETF meetings.

Share knowledge and opportunities in a mentor-like atmosphere with students as well as industry and academic researchers.

Be part of this women-only group to discuss purely technical and computing-related topics that are not specific to women.

Join a list for female Wikipedians.

Women in Cybersecurity & Privacy
Join women from academia, research, and industry to network, share knowledge, and provide or receive mentoring in cybersecurity.

CRA-W Email Groups

CRA-W is the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) committee on the Status of Women in Computing research. The following email communities are hosted by

This moderated mailing list supports women who are seeking or beginning doctorate-level jobs in computer science, computer engineering, or information technology, either in academia, industry, or government laboratories.

This moderated mailing list provides a venue for  women faculty members in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology to informally discuss job-related issues and career advancement.

JrProfessHers (Pre-Tenures)
This moderated mailing list supports women faculty in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology who do not yet have tenure.

This informal organization gathers non-managerial, non-academic female computer science researchers.