Of course, we believe women should be recognized and celebrated every day. We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite influential women in tech and resources for support and empowerment in the technology space.
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- Women in tech that are leading the way
- Open source creators and contributors
- Social media accounts
Women in tech that are leading the way
Did you know that women make up 56% of the workforce as of 2021 according to US News? While women make up over half of the workforce, they only make up about 34% of the workforce in the technology sector, according to BuiltIn. As we navigate through leadership roles, this percentage shrinks even further, making celebrating and bringing awareness to these accomplishments even more purposeful. While this list is by no means all-inclusive, we selected women in leadership roles making a difference to support other women and making waves in the technology space.
Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE
Kimberly Bryant is an entrepreneur, engineer, thought leader, and diversity champion. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Bryant worked through multiple technical roles before quitting her corporate life to found Black Girls CODE in 2011. Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization dedicated to diversifying technology by focusing on introducing girls of color to the technology sector and computer science with an emphasis on entrepreneurial concepts. You can follow and keep up with Kimberly Bryant on LinkedIn and Twitter. (Image from LinkedIn.)
Sooo...when I go on my little soapbox about this thing called a "tech pipeline"? This pic is what I mean. Almost 100 little Black/brown girls (in Oakland) doing robotics the Sat before Christmas. pic.twitter.com/408m1BqHmM— kimberlybryant.eth (@6Gems) December 16, 2017
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is a New York Times bestselling author, activist, and entrepreneur. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Harvard, and Yale, Saujani kicked off her career as an attorney and an activist. She ran for the U.S. Congress in 2010 and lost, which inspired her to create Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like. You can follow and keep up with Reshma Saujani on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. (Image from LinkedIn.)
Shared my thoughts with @future on whether or not the #Metaverse will replace the physical office.— reshmasaujani (@reshmasaujani) February 26, 2022
T L D R: unless the metaverse workplace is going to solve the physical workplace's problems, I don't really care if my office has fake flying sharks in it.https://t.co/5NkNU9O6O7
Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble
Whitney Wolfe Herd is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire and entrepreneur. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Wolfe Herd eventually found her way into the tech startup world by joining the team responsible for Tinder, the online dating app. In 2014, she decided to found Bumble, the first online dating app where women make the first move. In 2021, she took Bumble public. You can follow and keep up with Whitney Wolfe Herd on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. (Image from LinkedIn.)
Today, @Bumble becomes a public company. This is only possible thanks to the more than 1.7 billion first moves made by brave women on our app — and the pioneering women who paved the way for us in the business world. To everyone who made today possible: Thank you. #BumbleIPO 💛🐝 pic.twitter.com/OMLNGNvECB— Whitney Wolfe Herd (@WhitWolfeHerd) February 11, 2021
Natalia Tepluhina, Frontend Engineer at GitLab Inc.
A picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes composing this picture takes more time than writing a few thousand words😅 Figuring out how to explain Vue scoped slots in the best way and what is missing on the diagram pic.twitter.com/XXVkT6kmQb— Natalia Tepluhina 🇺🇦 (@N_Tepluhina) February 10, 2022
Open Source Creators and Contributors
There is already a great list of women who are actively contributing to the open source community from creators to contributors and projects that have a significant contribution from a diverse group of women. Go support them!
If you’re looking for podcasts or networking opportunities, you’re in the right place! We’ve pulled together a must-know list for support and empowerment from events to social media to organizations.
Events to attend and learn more
- Women in Technology World Series - Hear from industry leaders about the barriers and challenges faced by women in tech and how these obstacles can be overcome. Network with the women at the top of their game from enterprises and tech start-ups. Gain insight from senior technicians and entrepreneurs through interactive sessions and leading content. Events are held in Houston, Boston, San Francisco, and Europe.
- Women in Technology Awards - Women in Technology (WIT) empowers girls and women to excel in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) from the classroom to the boardroom. The organization does this by providing female students in middle school, high school, and college with education, exposure, and experience. By sharing the stories of successful professionals across the STEAM fields, WIT encourages all generations of girls and women to write their future. Today, WIT has over 18,000 members in Georgia, 48,000 members worldwide, and a team of more than 250 volunteers deliver professional development and networking opportunities to each of their professionals and programs at no charge to more than 3,000 students. WIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEAM workforce by partnering with the community to provide opportunities that champion women throughout their education and career.
- Women in Technology Global Conference - The Women in Technology Global Conference is a highly engaging program bringing people together to share knowledge, experiences, and thought leadership put together by WomenTech Network and the Coding Girls. The conference focuses on the latest emerging technologies and powerful personal stories to create authentic experiences fostering opportunities to enhance careers, community, and organizations.
- Women in Tech Summit - The Women in Tech Summit educates, inspires, and connects women in technology. WITS is a technical conference whose focus is on women and underrepresented minorities who work in or with tech in technical and non-technical roles.
Social media accounts to follow
- Women Who Code Podcast / Women Who Code Blog - Women Who Code prepares this generation of women in tech to be tomorrow’s role models. This global nonprofit started as a community group in 2011 and has since grown to 290,000 members in 134 countries.
- Women Love Tech Blog - Women Love Tech is designed for women with busy lifestyles. This team aims to empower women by giving them everything they need in one place. Whether it’s the best apps, the latest on smartphones, new websites, blogger tips, cool gadgets, social media support, or product reviews. Women Love Tech has a unique niche, making technology easy, interesting, and fun.
- She Talks Tech Podcast - ‘She Talks Tech’ podcast brings the listener stories, lessons, and tips from some of the top women (and men!) in tech. From robotics and drones to fintech, neurodiversity, and coronavirus apps, these incredible speakers are opening up to give the latest information on tech in 2022.
- Her STEM Story Podcast - A weekly podcast to help listeners navigate their Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematica career with the utmost confidence! A show where the listener will learn about strategy, tools, and advice from expert guests and the lovely host Prasha S. Dutra on how to believe in your brilliance and conquer the world of male-dominated careers.
Organizations doing the work
- Girls Who Code - Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, after-school clubs, College Loops program, and New York Times best-selling series, Girls Who Code leads the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities to more than 300,000 girls around the world.
- Black Girls CODE - Black Girls CODE is a global movement. Founded in 2011, the San Francisco-based nonprofit introduces young girls of color ages 6-17 to computer programming, electrical engineering, mobile app development, robotics, and other STEM fields. In 2012 the nonprofit launched in 10 cities nationwide and expanded to South Africa.
- Women in Tech - Women in Tech® is an international non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap and help women embrace technology. We promote girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world, with a focus on Sustainable Development Goal 5b: harnessing technologies. With our Head Office in Paris, we are a Global Movement with chapters in 6 continents, counting over 70,000 members.
- Women in Data - Women in Data is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase diversity in data careers. The organization’s goal is simple: close the gender gap by increasing diversity in data careers. Women in Data fulfills the mission through awareness, education, and opportunity.
- Tech Ladies - Tech Ladies is a worldwide community with 100,000 members. Through a supportive online group, a free job board, and opportunities to learn, the organization helps Tech Ladies grow their careers. Founded by Allison Esposito Medina, Tech Ladies started as a small coffee meetup in New York City in 2015. Medina left her job at Google the following year to run Tech Ladies full-time. Since then, partner companies have hired hundreds of Tech Ladies through the Tech Ladies job board and have connected thousands of women in tech with opportunities across the world.
Did we miss anything?
We would love to hear from you about which women in tech inspire you! What organizations or events do you attend or know of that aren’t on our list? Oh, and is there a podcast or TikTok account we need to add to our list? Let us know here!
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