The issue of inclusivity and women in tech is a big topic in the Bay Area seeing as how the tech scene takes over the world and there might be some concern about who gets to be a part of making that world.
Are you a woman who is interested in learning more about technology, programming, and science? Perhaps you've heard of this thing called the internet and want to help make it. There are many ways to get started doing all of these things!
Get thee to a hackerspace where contrary to stereotype, there are often many people who are very helpful and kind. Everyone at a hackerspace is learning and often understand that everyone is a noob at something. Also, since inclusivity has become such a large part of the discussion in the Bay Area tech community, hackerspaces in this area are often thinking about these issues with a number of them having explicit commitments to inclusivity.
While you should under no circumstances be ashamed of being a newcomer at a general meetup and should 100% expect (and demand) being treated like a human being at these events, there are also a number of regular events organized by and for women.
- Passion Projects - monthly talks from women in tech at Github HQ.
- Women Who Code - many regular events! See Meetup.
- PyLadies - regular meetups
Online learning resources
- Tips for learning how to be software programmers article written by women who were in Dev Bootcamp
- Many programming languages and open source projects have channels on IRC (a chat room service) where people literally just hang out in chatrooms helping each other learn programming. Additionally, groups like PyLadies also have their own IRC channels (aka chatrooms) where you can ask the same kinds of questions as you would in the Python channel.
- Hackbright Academy - this bootcamp is women-only
Read up on the topic of women in tech & inclusivity in tech
- The geekfeminism wiki is great!