So you’ve decided to start your own PyLadies group – YAY!
We’re excited to have people like you join our growing community and want to help you get your group launched as quickly and painlessly as possible. If our experience is any indication, your first major event will galvanize and inspire the Python community in your area and create momentum for subsequent events, so it’s crucial to start things off on the right foot!
To help you get started, we’ve created this open-source kit for starting your own PyLadies group in your city. PyLadies is part social club, part stepping stone toward the Python open-source world.
A local group can be:
The larger the local group, the harder it is to meet in person. Large local group’s events will be mostly virtual meetups that occur online, whereas small local group’s events tend to be in-person meetups.
A local group can consist of sub-local-groups, making both the in-person and virtual meetups possible.
It’s fine if your local group is small. Having just 2-3 women who meet regularly to exchange Python tips and tricks counts as a local group. What matters most is quality, not quantity.
Larger local groups have more flexibility to organize different types of events, but it’s harder to get everyone together for dinner.
There are no formal requirements for how often a leader hold events. However, we highly encourage that - at minimum, to try and hold one event a month. This helps keep interest in PyLadies from flagging, and helps people maintain their progress in becoming better developers. You can hold more events with proper support and planning.
Everything is listed in Checklist, but an overview of the process is:
Please do not purchase domains or setup email addresses; we do that for you! We need to maintain accounts (both for trademark and administrative purposes).
Here’s all of what needs to be done to start a PyLadies group locally. You may of course adapt this list to meet your group’s needs.
Once you have received a confirmation that the the initial PyLadies request form was approved and setup, continue on:
With the new @pyladies.com email address, sign up for the following social media/communications accounts (if it makes sense for your local group):
Whether it’s Meetup.com or another local event/community site, start the local group with the pyladies.com email address.
TIP! Uber-frugal? Get half-price Meetup fees! Complete all of the Meetup forms, but stop when you reach the payment page. In 24 hours, you will receive an e-mail from Meetup.com, with a link to complete the payment process at half price. :)
The Python Software Foundation will reimburse Meetup.com fees for PyLadies Meetup groups. However, if your location does not use Meetup.com but a different/similar site that charges, still file a reimbursement!
Sign up for a Heroku account with your pyladies.com email address. This will be used to setup your website, which is documented at Creating your own Local Website once you’re ready.
Fill out the PyLadies resource form for contact information, all group information, etc. This is for administrative purposes (e.g. what social media accounts do we own, where should we send PyLadies stickers to, etc), and will not ever be shared outside of PyLadies.
Request to join the following mailing lists:
If you’re familiar with IRC, come hang out in the #pyladies channel on Freenode.
Plan your first event! Check out New Organizer Reference for New Organizer information. Start promoting your new group via various local channels, including meetup.com, local PUGs, related groups, and universities, as well as the global PyLadies Members list!
This FAQs are specifically for prospective or new local PyLadies organizers. If you are a member or just curious in learning more about PyLadies, check out the FAQs here: Frequently Asked Questions.
It’s up to you Generally, it’s good to hold women-only events as well as events for both genders (either women and +1 guests, or anyone who wants to attend). Just be aware that the dynamic of the room tends to change when the male:female ratio becomes lopsided.
A good way to hold a mixed-gender event is to partner with a local Python user group.
Be extra-clear in your event description about whether men are allowed/what the rules are – it will save you a lot of time, and prevent awkward conversations.
Yes! But please read our logo usage policy.
TL;DR is that any of the graphics in our PyLadies assets repo can be used for your own group promotion and/or to show your support. You may also alter the PyLadies Wordmark or PyLadies Geek logo to adapt it to your location. Check out examples on our locations site.
Logos used with the intention to sell merchandise, please seek permission from the PyLadies leadership.
There is “official” merchandise sold - with proceeds going towards PyLadies - at our own spreadshirt site.
Anyone who considers herself a lady and does Python is a PyLady/Python lady. We support all women, whether female by birth or not.
We encourage you sure to make trans women feel welcome by saying so in your meetup group and event descriptions. Here is an example of a statement you could include:
PyLadies [city] is welcoming to and respectful of trans women. We encourage all women to come out to our meetups.
If the idea of trans people is new to you, you might want to take a look at this fantastic illustrated book about gender, this comic, or any of the many other introductions to trans issues on the internet.