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September 22nd, 2006
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Women in Fandom
Wandering around the feminist sf wiki, I noticed there was a link on the main page to an empty article on Women in Fandom. I put some content in the article, mainly a list of women who I know have worked on or Chaired multiple conventions, run organizations, edited fanzines, etc. I glanced at a smofcon membership list and the list of former worldcon chairs and some smofs posts to remind me of peoples' names; please don't take offense if you're not on the list, I know it's not complete. Please do add people or click through to add information to individual pages/articles on the amazing women in our community, or correct people's names to their preferred format. (Most of the women on the list have no articles and need them created. As always, as a wiki editor, I offer to post information for people who shy away from the actual wiki editing process.)

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From:pnh
Date:September 23rd, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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Lucy Huntzinger, founder of Corflu.
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From:netmouse
Date:September 23rd, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
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Added. Thanks!

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From:elizilla
Date:September 23rd, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
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Katherine?
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From:netmouse
Date:September 23rd, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
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Gotcha. Also, added a short article... I realize I don't know, when and what was your first contact with fandom? Did you run departments at ConFusion before you were chair? Have you also worked on other cons?
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From:elizilla
Date:September 23rd, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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ConFusion was my first convention, and the first one I went to was in 1988. I got involved in Stilyagi sometime around 1990, I think.

I started trying to volunteer not long after that, but I didn't know how; it took a couple years to find the right person to volunteer to. (This, btw, is one of my pet peeves; I don't think we do enough to communicate how new volunteers can get involved.) I had always loved making costumes and I started getting dealers tables and selling them at cons. This fulfilled some of my wish to be more involved, and I needed the money anyway so that was good.

At ConFusion in 1992 I was a gopher, and I spent a few hours one night hanging out with a nice Ops Guy, Michael. I ran into him again later, at another con where I was a dealer, and he asked me out.

I got on the Stilyagi email list. Later that year I exploded into the limelight by publicly flaming the conchair (Greg Cronau) on the Stilyagi list. He'd put up a call for volunteers that included a complaint about how no one ever helped, and I responded by saying I kept trying to help but no one ever gave me anything to do! Greg was actually very nice about it, and he did give me some tasks to do; I think I helped load the truck that year. Other people were nice about it too, no one flamed me back, instead they apologized and tried harder to include me. I got recruited to host a Stilyagi party.

In 1994 I joined the concom for the first time. I got recruited as part of a team to run Ops. I was very excited. I went to all the meetings, trying to soak up as much knowledge as I could, and ended up informally taking charge of a huge chunk of the prep work for the con.

In 1995 I got nominated for Conchair but I turned it down because I didn't feel I knew enough to do it. I served as assistant conchair instead, did a lot of prep work that year, had a ringside seat for the hotel fiasco, and thought a lot about how I would do things if I were in charge.

In 1996 I was elected conchair for 1997. It was a life changing experience.
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From:dagibbs
Date:September 23rd, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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I added Linda Ross Mansfield. (Canadian Fan from Winnipeg, helped run the W.C. there, active on the Montreal bid.)
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From:netmouse
Date:September 23rd, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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Cool, thanks.
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From:skylarker
Date:September 23rd, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link!
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From:sfrose
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I assumed that you meant Priscilla Olson, not "Patricia"

I also added a few others. Probably will be back with more and maybe even add information about me. :-)
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From:netmouse
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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oo, ouch, I did mean Priscilla. I wondered why that sounded so weird. Thanks for the catch. :)
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