‘Women of Silicon Valley’: Like ‘Humans of New York’, But on Women in Tech

April 22, 2015

4:00 pm

From large corporations like Google to smaller startups, it’s a well-known fact that the tech industry remains predominantly white and predominantly male. Despite this, there are women in Silicon Valley who are kicking ass, doing whatever they can to make the Valley a more welcoming place for women in tech. One of those women is Lea Coligado, a computer science student at Stanford who’s started Women of Silicon Valley, a Medium account that aims to highlight the great work of tech women in the Valley.

“My founder story starts from a garage in Palo Alto in 2008. I had just got my second baby and hired a small group of…

Posted by Women of Silicon Valley on Monday, March 9, 2015

Women of Silicon Valley is essentially a running stream of various women in tech around Silicon Valley. Done in a style similar to that of Humans of New York (a model that has been replicated elsewhere – there’s Portraits of America and Souls of San Francisco), Coligado features pictures of women in tech along with a short statement on their respective experiences. As initially reported by BuzzFeed, Coligado hopes to shine more light on the great work being done by women in the Valley – something that’s been lacking in an ecosystem dominated by men.

“Now that I’m pregnant, I am more driven than ever to make something of myself, if for no other reason than to prove it…

Posted by Women of Silicon Valley on Monday, February 9, 2015

Yesterday, we reported that a collective in Washington, D.C. would be holding its inaugural awards ceremony commemorating the great work of women programmers and engineers in the D.C. region. The D.C. tech ecosystem is unique in that it’s often recognized as one of the top places for women entrepreneurs and women in tech – which is saying a lot when you consider that most places around the country are still sorely lacking when it comes to providing opportunities for women in the tech industry. Silicon Valley itself – the birthplace of the modern tech industry – doesn’t even appear as a top place for women in tech (or, at least, neither San Francisco nor San Jose are listed; however, Fremont is listed, which I guess counts).

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Posted by Women of Silicon Valley on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Things like Women of Silicon Valley – while seemingly trivial – play a significant role in not only helping to highlight the work of women in tech, but in also encouraging other women to enter the industry. And what’s great is that Coligado goes even beyond the boundaries of Silicon Valley, and features women from other tech ecosystems around the world. The women featured on her Medium site are recommended to her, so there’s a possibility that you’ll one day see someone from your own tech ecosystem featured on Women of Silicon Valley.

You can check out Women of Silicon Valley on Medium or on Facebook.

(H/T BuzzFeed)


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.