Things are really moving now. Thanks to the story being picked up in some great media outlets, including io9, this project is gaining steam instead of fading into the obsolescence of a 4-day-old meme. Here’s a quick rundown of where we are:
- I’m currently sourcing non-profit organizations to be the beneficiary of the funds. The top choice right now is the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), simply due to their size, profile, and reach. Their mission matches exactly with what we’re trying to do here. I am still waiting to hear back from them, and I have a few other orgs in my back pocket if this doesn’t go through.
- Names are still flying in! I’m adding to the list every day with notable women in STEM fields. I am not able to add every name I receive, as we have a certain standard of “notability” we need to adhere to due to space restrictions. (It might be different if we were doing shower curtains!) But resources permitting, it would be great to profile ALL the names I’ve received in a single space somewhere. In the meantime, you can still keep sending names until about Friday. If you’ve @’ed me on Twitter and not received a reply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m having trouble keeping up with all the notifications!
- Design work has begun. We’ve gotten enough photos and names to get started on design prototypes for the shirts. There is a lot of work to be done to make this a really attractive design, but I am starting to get the glimmers of just how cool this will be.
- I’m sourcing new ways of handling funding, orders, and delivery. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are still on the table. And now I’ve been approached by a company that can handle everything from prototyping to funding to production and order fulfillment, while still guaranteeing the non-profit of our choice will get 10% of sales from funding/presale orders. Since I’m just one person with some very enthusiastic volunteer support, that seems like a win-win-win, but let me know what you guys think!