As “Women In Tech” steadily grows to become a common nomenclature, we are finding it more and more easy to build and join groups that are inclusive in this industry. However, finding groups specific to women who have entered the field of technology is still something that takes effort. What’s more, is we’re seeing a lot of women making it their priority to create these spaces for the next generation. Women in tech are important, but they see the importance in educating and mentoring girls to expand the already growing industry.
We’ve found some of the most influential women in tech who have begun to build these foundations for the upcoming generation.
The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code has made it her mission to fill the gender gap in the technology and coding industry. While she remains a “Women in Tech,” she’s one of the only influential leaders in this industry who lacks a STEM-filled resume, but that doesn’t make her any less qualified for this list. She started as an attorney and an activist, and after visiting many schools and seeing firsthand the massive gender gap in STEM classes, she decided to do something about it. She created Girls Who Code as an avenue for girls everywhere to find, pursue, and develop their interests in coding, programming, and technology. She hopes to “change the image of what a programmer looks likes and does” through carefully curated programs, communities and various opportunities.
Find out how to get involved with Girls Who Code, here.
Sehreen Noor Ali and Margaret Roth
“Our mission is to increase the leadership capacity of women in education technology through inclusivity, visibility, and impact.”
As the founders of EdTechWomen, they have worked to create an organization that helps build connections and opportunities that would otherwise be nonexistent for women. They created an inclusive platform that not only creates the connections, but then shines a light on them so they get the visibility they deserve. Both founders have worked hard in their communities and have personal connections to this cause. They now have several chapters across America and in Japan.
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Women In Technology is known for providing opportunities for young girls with interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. They offer programs, scholarships, and a multitude of opportunities for girls to learn all aspects of STEAM. They recently appointed Penny Collins as the President and CEO of the organization. As a woman in tech herself, she knows firsthand the hardships and lack of representation faced by those in this industry, which allows her a personal connection with the company and it’s mission.
Where there is a gender gap, there is also a cultural gap. The founder of Black Girls who Code saw that disconnect and created this company to help fill it. She joined the STEM industry as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, and immediately saw the lack of representation in her classes. As she maneuvered through this male-driven field, she saw it as a necessity to do something to change this.
“Much has changed since my college days, but there’s still a dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions, an absence that cannot be explained by, say, a lack of interest in these fields. Lack of access and lack of exposure to STEM topics are the likelier culprits.”
The lack of access and exposure were seemingly the only changeable factors in this reality, so that is what she tackled. Kimberly created Black Girls Who Code to allow young girls of color the opportunity to access, indulge in, manicure, and maturate their interests in STEM.
“…to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.”