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Mary is a Sydneysider, a mother, a feminist activist for women in tech, and an erstwhile computer scientist. She co-founded a women-in-tech non-profit, the Ada Initiative, where she presently works. Mary also writes for Geek Feminism, and, when there's no other suitable venue, for her own blog puzzling.org.

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10 responses to “FWD appreciation thread”

  1. Helen

    It’s sad to see it go, but I am happy that it introduced me to a lot of “new” (as in, new to me) writing, and that I can still keep following those writers wherever they might be.

  2. Helen

    Oh, forgetting my manners – Thank you, FWD!

  3. tigtog

    FWD taught me a great deal, especially about where I didn’t even realise I had some baggage needing unpacking.

    Thanks, FWD.

  4. Napalmnacey

    I’ll miss new posts from FWD, it was a great blog. I’m glad it’ll be an archive, though, it’s handy to be able to point people there when I can’t be arsed explaining something 101 to them.

  5. Mindy

    I liked the Dear Imprudence posts and also the Ableist Word profile posts. Although the blog was not necessarily to educate CAB’s, it did a lot of that as well for which I am grateful.

  6. WildlyParenthetical

    Congratulations to the FWD crew for a quite amazing achievement. I know it’s had its ups and downs, but your contribution to the progressive blogosphere has been amazing. I remember FWD’s beginnings, and the hopes that you, and other people around you, had for the blog, and I think you’ve surpassed them. It will be sorely missed, of course, as a space for conversation, but it will be a very very useful archive. Given that I’ve been a little bit random in my blogosphere reading of late, I’ll have to have a think about which posts I particularly liked – though the Justified Abortion one linked to above by Mary lingers in my memory….

  7. blue milk

    Yes, an absolutely amazing blog. And it was thrilling to see how fast it spread across the feminist blogosphere – it came to be and suddenly everyone was talking about it and linking to it. That team really, really lifted the profile of disability rights in the feminist sphere.

    I learnt so much from those writers. Thank you to all involved.

  8. Liz

    I enjoyed FWD and admire all its writers very much. They’re my heroes!

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