While this is a fairly new initiative to celebrate the achievements of people, groups and projects that support OpenStreetMap, I couldn’t but notice the fact that in this two years, in all categories the percentage of women nominations is really inferior than men nominations.
This are the initial categories (Each category holds 5 nominatios):
- Core Systems Award
- Innovation Award
- Influential Writing Award
- Greatness in Mapping Award
- Expanding the Community Award
- Ulf Möller Memorial Award
For the [OpenStreetMap Awards 2016] (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_Awards/2016), out of 30 nominations, only 3 women were nominated (none for the Greatness in Mapping Award); for the [OpenStreetMap Awards 2017] (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_Awards/2017), where there were more awards (added: Improving the Latin America Award, Improving the Africa Award, Improving the Asia Award ) only 5 women were nominated.
Now, regarding to the winners, in 2016, [no women] (https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2016/09/26/we-have-our-winners/) won an award; in 2017, [Geochicas] (https://twitter.com/Srta_Peperina/status/898868046617427969) were the only women who won an award. (A disclaimer about this, groups where there was participation of women did win, however no award - apart from ours - was obtained by a woman or a group led or conformed only by women).
The nominations are made by the community, just as the winners are chosen by the community, so my conclusion with this, and because we’re getting closer and closer to the #8M, International Women’s Day, is that although we might not be many women in the mapping sphere, our achievements are almost never recognised as the contributions made by our male colleagues. From [Geochicas] (https://twitter.com/GeochicasOSM) we launched the series [#WomenMappingTheWorld] (https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23mujeresmapeandoelmundo), because we are not going to allow history to be told from one perspective, and we are not going to let our contributions be forgotten neither the struggles we’ve gone through to occupy spaces that have been historically denied to us.
So I will not congratulate you on International Women’s Day, but I invite you to continue mapping, to continue to work into building more diverse and inclusive communities, because in the multiplicity of voices and experiences is where the true essence of community lies. Remember that the map is a reflection of its mappers.
Society of Women Geographers
On the Wikipedia’s list of cartographers -of 200+ names, just 2 are women.
Marie Tharp Co-created the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor