8 Women-in-Tech Organizations You Need to KnowShare on Twitter Share on Facebook
It’s no secret that women are seriously underrepresented in the tech industry. In 2014, the White House estimated that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in programming and computing fields, yet women make up only a small percentage of the tech workforce and computer science programs across the country. In fact, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women make up only 26% of the computing industry – and only 10% of those women are African American, Asian-American, or Latina.
Organizations such as Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, Women 2.0, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and CODE2040, all operate with the mission of leveling the playing field and closing the inequality gap by fostering clear pipelines into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce for underrepresented groups. Here are a few more notable organizations working hard to combat gender inequality in tech and lift up female tech leaders and role models.
She Started It is a documentary focused on female tech founders in the U.S. and in Europe. The film follows the lives of inspirational tech entrepreneurs and aims to provide positive role models in the tech industry for young girls. Watch the inspirational trailer and learn more about the project here.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code works to inspire, educate, and equip high school junior and senior girls to consider careers in the technology and engineering sectors. The Girls Who Code program hosts an annual seven week summer immersion course in various location across the United States. In the summer program students learn robotics, web design, mobile development, and are connected with female tech entrepreneurs and leaders through mentorship. Check out the amazing program and learn more from the program's alumni.
Hackbright Academy is a 10-week software development training program exclusively for women. Their office is located in the heart of San Francisco, California. The organization's main goal is to connect women from non-traditional science backgrounds and train them to become software engineers. Learn more about the amazing organization and it's latest cohort on their website.
Wogrammer highlights amazing women in computer science and engineering fields. The organization regularly utilizes social media to feature inspiring women in tech and share their personal journeys navigating the computer science industry. With their work, Wogrammer aims to dispel stereotypes through storytelling. Read more about inspirational women in tech careers.
Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It offers courses for women to learn web and software development. Girl Develop It provides affordable and accessible programs to women with through mentorship and hands-on instruction in local chapters throughout the nation. Their overall mission is to empower women of diverse backgrounds to learn how to develop software. Learn more about the cities they're currently impacting.
Black Girls Code was launched to provide pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn technical skills and computer programming early on in their lives. The organization was created after its founder, Kimberly Bryant, realized the scarcity of African-American women in science, technology, engineering, and math professions. Bryant was inspired to make a change and create an impact in early education, especially after seeing the impact in her young daughter’s computing class. Find out more about the group's goals and mission.
PYLadies is a group of female developers who specialize in the Python computer programing language. The organization hosts peer-to-peer learning and mentoring sessions through multiple chapters around the world. Attendees range from newbies with little background in coding to expert-level programmers. Check out the organization here.
Get involved! Join us at the San Francisco ThinkFWD panel discussion on Jan. 15: What's the Hold Up? Accelerating Opportunity for Women in Tech. Our expert panel will dissect the barriers to opportunity for women in tech and propose solutions for a more diverse workforce.