Women changing the tech industry
Considering how many women have been instrumental in the first developments of what is known today as the tech industry, it can be mind-boggling to see how it became such a male-dominated field.
After a number of female tech employees in several tech companies started protesting against sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination, several organizations, groups and initiatives have taken on the goal of bringing the balance back to the tech industry.
If a company wants to create a versatile product that truly connects with people, then diversity in the workplace is the best way to achieve that.
Now you can find everything from organizations to social media groups, databases, directories, research and all sorts of initiatives to promote a healthier, more diverse work environment for all.
Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit aiming to end gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups. It was founded in 2007 with headquarters in San Francisco. The Girls in Tech global community includes more than 100,000 members in 36 countries. As a result, events and programming vary to fit the unique needs of each community.
This gender gap can be closed by providing education in these areas and empowering women who are passionate about technology. GIT offers everything from coding courses, boot camps, hackathons and startup competitions no matter what age or profession.
Women Who Code
Women Who Code was created in 2011, the non-profit was founded in November 2013 in San Francisco.
The organisation provides services for women pursuing technology careers and a job board for companies seeking coding professionals and who are looking to balance their hiring practices.
The company aims to provide an avenue into the technology world by evaluating and assisting women developing technical skills. Members are given training, professional evaluations, meetings, and scholarships, and also networking and mentor-ship opportunities.
So far they have held more than 8,000 free events around the world, built a membership of over 167,000, and has locations in 60 cities in over 20 countries.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. It was founded by Reshma Saujani in 2012 who came up with the idea of creating the organization during her run for the United States Congress when she noticed that schools along her campaign route lacked girls in computer science classrooms.
The organization runs programs during the academic year teaching high school girls computing skills like programming, robotics, and web design, with sessions including projects and trips to companies like Twitter and Facebook. By the spring of 2018, Girls Who Code will have reached more than 50,000 girls with their computer science education programs. They have a 7-week summer immersion program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, and after school clubs.
Women in Technology International
Carolyn Leighton founded WITI to help women’s careers advance by creating a reciprocate network of professional women working in all sectors of technology. WITI started in 1989 as The International Network of Women in Technology and, in 2001, evolved into The WITI Professional Association, the world’s leading trade association for tech-savvy women. Today, WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.
WITI is now a global network that provides powerful programs and partnerships, connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. Their Networks spread throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including Hong Kong, Great Britain, Australia, and Mexico, WITI delivers value for individuals that work for a company, the government or academia, as well as small business owners.
SheCanCode’s mission is to empower women to enter and remain in the tech industry through events, talks and conferences, mentorship and professional consultancy for women in the tech business.
It started as a women in tech community and blog but after spending 18 months sharing stories, gathering data and learning from their community they decided to take action. As opposed to just being a network, they’re building tools based on the data, knowledge and stories they collected and analysed to empower women and their careers in technology – collaborating extensively with the broader ecosystem to ensure that women are being given the full picture.
Code First: Girls is a non-profit social enterprise founded in 2013 based in London. Their purpose is to increase the number of women in tech: they have delivered £4.2 million worth of free education to young women across the UK so far.
The courses offered by Code First: Girls are specifically tailored to women to help address some of the learning challenges that women encounter when entering a field that they are new to, and a minority in, it helps women in developing technical, as well as gender-specific personal skills, so that they can achieve fair representation in an industry where they are currently grossly underrepresented.
It’s inspiring to see so many different yet like-minded movements emerge from all around the world, who want to create global support networks to help bridge the gender gap in the tech industry and let’s hope they can indeed achieve their goals by the end of the next decade.