Resources: Women and Tech

Anita Borg Institute – The Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. Since 1997, ABI has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders.

Black Girls Code – There’s 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. Black Girls Code hopes to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Change The Ratio – Change The Ratio increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech and new media, hoping to literally change the current gender imbalance within these industries.

Femgineer – In 2007, Femgineer began as a blog on engineering and entrepreneurship by Poornima Vijayashanker, founding engineer at Mint.com. Today Femgineer is an education startup, where Poornima provides tech professionals and engineers with skills to better themselves in product development, communication, and leading teams. Femgineer offers a range of speaking engagements, workshops, and courses.

Girl Develop It – Girl Develop It is an international organization, certified by the Board of Education, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications.

Girl Geek Dinners – The mission of Girl Geek dinners is to: (1) break down old fashioned social stereotypes; (2) identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology; (3) encourage and nurture those interested in technology; (4) work with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage more women into the technology industry; (5) support those currently in the industry and work together to figure out the issues and the solutions; (6) include men, women and children in this journey…. and not exclude men from Girl Geek Dinner Events. The organization began in London but now has chapters throughout the world, including a highly-active chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Girls Teaching Girls to Code  – Girls Teaching Girls to Code is a program where Stanford women in Computer Science will teach Bay Area high school girls to code. Students will learn programming basics, build exciting projects, and develop strong relationships with mentors in the field.

Girls Who Code – Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs.

Hackbright Academy – Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship in San Francisco. This is a 10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers. At Hackbright they learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and are introduced to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams.

National Center for Women & Information Technology – NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.

Women 2.0 – Women 2.0 is a media company at the intersection of women, entrepreneurship and technology. We offer content, community and conferences for aspiring and current innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and mentorship through our platform.

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