This December is the third annual Digital Sisterhood Month, the brainchild of writer Ananda Leeke and the key program of the Digital Sisterhood Network, a group of women in technology and social media who connect on and offline.
Launched in December 2010, the Network started as a way for women to come together, celebrate their accomplishments, and connect with each other, Leeke told Madame Noire. Leeke is also writing a book called Digital Sisterhood, which is set to publish in early 2013.
“A lot of times women, and women of color, their voices may not be heard,” she said, noting that the group is for all women. “Disabled women, lesbian women, bisexual women, anyone who is not in the mainstream, who is different, may not have access to larger forms of media to tell their story. The Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating women’s stories.”
After working online for more than 25 years, Leeke said she was struck by how many women were also in the industry, and their generosity. She wanted to document that, not only in a book, but also through a network that would bring together all the women she met at conferences and events.
Naturally, the Digital Sisterhood Network connects online via its website and social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. They hosted a Blogger-in-Residence program in 2011, host weekly Digital Sisterhood Wednesdays and launched the Digital Sisterhood Leadership Lifestyle and Living Well Initiative in 2012.
Throughout the month of December, the Network is hosting online and offline events in Washington, DC, where Leeke lives, and New York, where there is a group of women involved in the project. Events included radio interviews, group outings to museums, yoga field trips, Twitter chats, Meetups, and more.
The response has been great, and Leeke has been documenting Digital Sisterhood Month on the blog and via social channels.
“Next year, we’ll continue to work on the Leadership Initiative and focus on identifying leaders and celebrating them,” Leeke said of the Network’s goals and plans for 2013. “We’re looking to find partners in different cities to do events there. And I’ll be promoting the book.”