A friend recently asked me for links for her 11-year-old daughter who is interested in getting into the gaming industry, so I put together a few resources. Not all of them are game-industry/nerd specific, not all of them are always 100% age-appropriate, but they’re all decent starting places to begin conversations with your daughter about women in nerd culture. (Obviously each parent should vet these individually based on their own daughter’s age/maturity.) In no particular order:
The Mary Sue (website, Facebook): Their tagline was formerly “A guide to girl geek culture” but since their merger with Geekosystem they’ve broadened (some have said watered down) their coverage. But still, very approachable writing about both silly and serious topics.
GeekGirlCon (website, Facebook): A convention held in Seattle every year that focuses on geek girls but is an inclusive, safe con for anyone and everyone. They also link to great articles on their Facebook page.
Amy Pohler’s Smart Girls (website, Facebook): “Amysmartgirls.com provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and fans of all ages to learn, to become a part of the greater Smart Girl community, and to participate in Smart Girl projects. The website has grown and evolved toward online campaigns to engage followers in volunteerism, civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts.”
Polygon (website, Facebook): Polygon has solid reporting on the gaming industry and gives voice to women and minorities in its posts. it’s not specifically female-focused but I prefer it to some of the other industry news sites.
Women In Games International (website, Facebook): WIGI is a non-profit organization that “promotes diversity in video game development, publishing, media, education and workplaces, based on a fundamental belief that increased equality and camaraderie among genders can make global impacts for superior products, more consumer enjoyment and a stronger gaming industry.” Not really geared towards young women but still a good resource of information.
In addition to these, there’s lots of great individual blogs written by geek women and women in the gaming industry, and many of the generally feminist sites like Jezebel and Feministing cover these topics as well.