Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Distributed Denial of Women is not interested in collecting signatures. This isn’t a move to "raise awareness" that lets signatories feel good about themselves. This movement is about joining together in collective action and challenge the power structures that oppress us.

If we're already marginalized, how will disappearing for a day help?

Marginalized people aren't recognized for their value and the value of their labor. But we believe that each and every one of you plays an invaluable role in your company or organization. When you're not there to do the invisible labor that we all do, people WILL notice.

I can't stay home from work. Are there other ways I can participate?

Women who are unable to abstain from work on February 23rd but are still interested in the project are encouraged to join the social media strike if possible, or to lend support in any other way they are able to and comfortable with. This includes but isn’t limited to signal boosting, spreading the word in back-channels, and providing support to participants.

Share the fact that you support this effort and explain why.

Who is leading this effort?

Distributed Denial of Women was founded by Coraline Ada Ehmke, an outspoken tech feminist, activist, and “notorious social justice warrior”. Her day job involves building community management and anti-harassment features for the largest open source collaboration platform on the internet. She devotes much of her free time to managing and promoting adoption of Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world. She also writes and makes time for one-on-one mentoring of marginalized people in tech.

Inspired by anarchists and labor organizers from the early 20th century, whose tireless efforts won significant rights for workers worldwide, she decided that she could do more in the fight for marginalized people in technology. DDoW is her way of channeling frustration at the tech industry’s lack of progress in addressing systemic inequalities, a concerted effort to effect change through coordinated, massive, and direct action.