Patricia Arquette started the week by using her Oscar speech to talk about how America needs women to receive equal pay for equal work. Similarly, Tracey Lien at the LA Times talked about how women are leaving the tech industry in droves. Both of these events hint at the state of gender equality in America. What’s missing is any discussion about how makerspace development can help women into the creative class.
The creative class is made of people who make their living by using their creative energy. They produce new value in novel ways. They are obviously performers like Ms. Arquette and programmers like the people described in Ms. Lien’s piece for the LA Times. On the other hand, members of the creative class hold less obvious jobs like strategists, managers, or anyone in business that has to produce new products or processes.
By definition, makerspace development is about empowering a larger creative class. If makerspace development fulfills its promise, it will also become a major tool for fostering an inclusive workforce culture. Exclusion and privilege have to be taught. Makerspace development, on the other hand, levels the playing field and provides the entire community access to the tools that they need to build a better future.