April 22, 2015
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.
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.
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).
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.
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