PHPWomen is a user group specifically targeted toward the women in the PHP world. We do not wish to exclude men – rather to encourage women. They are not mutually exclusive after all.
Our aim is to provide a network of support and mentorship to women, help women become more involved with PHP, increase our numbers at conferences as speakers and attendees, and provide a “female friendly” and professional atmosphere.
Starting out on October 8, 2006 as a call for the women of PHP to “stand up and be counted” by Ligaya Turmelle and Elizabeth Naramore, we have since formed an active community that will hopefully continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.
Why a Woman’s Site
The women in the PHP World tend to be few and scattered all over the world, rarely seeing other women at the various conferences, unconferences, user group meetings and social get togethers. By providing this site we hope that the women will not feel so alone and isolated. The men in the PHP World are a very welcoming and acceptable bunch, but sometimes it is nice to talk to another woman either for coding help or for support in the specific issues of being a woman in a male dominated field.