Women and Girls In Tech

Ada Developers Academy – A year-long intensive school in software development for women with no previous professional experience in computer programming.

Anita Borg Institute – Women in technology are at the heart of ABI’s mission. We are on a quest to accelerate the pace of global innovation by working to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it.

App Camp for Girls – App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls* can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry. *App Camp For Girls welcome individuals who self-identify as female, trans (regardless of identity), or gender non-conforming to its programs. 

ARA Mentors – Aspiring to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.

Association for Women in Computing – The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) is a national, nonprofit, professional organization for women and men with an interest in information technology. We promote awareness on issues affecting women in the computing industry, further the professional development and advancement of women in computing, and encourage women to enter computing as a career.

AWC – The Association for Women in Communications Seattle Professional Chapter provides networking, professional development, job opportunities and a supportive community of professionals. We include a wide range of communications fields, including print and broadcast journalism, television and radio production, film, advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic design and photography. We also include members who use communications of any form as a function of their work, regardless of profession.

Black Founder Startup Grant – Black women entrepreneurs receive less than .5% of venture capital funding. We are standing up to help change that by providing at least (3) $10K and (6) $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs.

Black Women in STEM – BWiSTEM is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring Black Women in STEM careers, as well as advocating for equitable and inclusive workplace environments that nurture diverse talent. BWiSTEM encourages the engagement of all women who want to share professional perspectives, gain cutting-edge industry information, enhance leadership and communication skills, participate in partner programs, and build meaningful networks with peers.

Break Into Information Technology – Resources to get women started in the Tech field.

Business Ownership Guide for Female Entrepreneurs – Starting a business can still be demanding, and women face a unique set of challenges when doing so that their male counterparts do not. The path to business ownership can be intimidating, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals. By learning about other female entrepreneurs, the ways they overcame obstacles, and what you need to do to start your own business, you’ll be well-armed with the knowledge necessary to begin a successful career as a female entrepreneur.

Catalyze Seattle – Our study, the first of its kind, revealed fascinating insights into what contributes to gender inequities in Seattle startups. As an all-volunteer project, we are thrilled to share this data with the public. The startup industry is full of talented, innovative people. We invite you to use this information to create groundbreaking new companies that are inclusive from inception. Let’s do this right.

Changing the Curve: Women in Computing. – This resource explores the history and influence of women in computer science, looking at some of the field’s key figures and then reviewing some statistics on how women’s representation in technical fields has evolved over the last several decades.

Chick Tech – envisions a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

Closing the gap: How to overcome obstacles as a female entrepreneur – (article) Although the number of women-owned businesses has increased, women still face several challenges in starting their own business. To help with that process, programs and organizations offer training in entrepreneurship and networking skills, mentorship, certifications and increased access to capital. Female entrepreneurship helps to build a stronger and healthier economy overall, as well as increased job creation and revenues in local communities.

Code : Debugging the Gender Gap [Award-Winning Film] – CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Current State of Women in Computer Science – Discover why there aren’t more women involved in computer science, why women should want to work in computer science, how we get young women interested in CS, and more.

Custody X Change Giving Fund – This program awards scholarships to 3 students annually, one in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall. And, it has been doing so each and every year since 2016.

Entrepreneurship for All – is accelerating economic and social impact in communities nationwide through inclusive entrepreneurship. I believe that one of the best ways to help close the opportunity inequality gap and create employment in cities that are economically challenged is to change from the inside. The people who live in these communities know what kinds of businesses will work there. And it turns out that in every community, there are would-be entrepreneurs. EforAll was founded to support these entrepreneurs on their journey.

F Bomb Breakfast Club – This is not your average support group. We are a collaborative peer community of 3,000 + female founders and womxn business owners who help each other launch and scale great businesses. Startups. Small business. Social enterprise. All industries. All stages. We are unapologetic badasses who show up for each other online and IRL, making connections, referrals, deals. We share leads, resources, opportunities. We laugh, we cry, we talk like truckers. Existing power networks weren’t built for us, so we built our own. Sound like what you’re looking for? Join us.

Female Founders Alliance – A curated, private online group of female startup founders and CEOs. Our mission is to meaningfully improve the percentage of venture capital invested in, and subsequent success rate of, female-founded startups, starting in our backyard. Our approach is simple: we help each other succeed, and we do it at scale.  We do this by Connecting, Amplifying, and Referring every founder that joins our community.  We welcome and encourage every female startup founder to join us! It’s free, but all the help you get, you’ll have to pay it forward. 

Find My Flock – a tech job board that is enthusiastically open to all. What isn’t obvious is that they did 100% of their product research, design, and UX testing with developers who happen to be women and/or people of color. This led to some very specific features:

  • You can filter jobs by benefits like maternity leave, trans-inclusive healthcare, or visa sponsorship.
  • You get a personal interviewing coach.
  • If a company wants a premium posting, Find My Flock has an off-the-record phone call with two developers in the company to make sure they’re happy.

If developers most likely to experience unconscious bias feel this process is effective, supportive, and fair, then they believe everyone else will also have an outstanding experience as well. “This is not about handouts,” Kate says. “No one I know wants a job they haven’t worked for. It’s about a level playing field.”

For Fathers of Daughters – An article by Jules Pieri breaking down the ways for fathers to empower their daughters.

FoxBot Industries – Our mission is to empower and educate women and girls to explore, discover, and create positive change in their own lives and in their communities. To achieve this goal, we provide open-source project and tool tutorials, in-person workshops, and custom project-based curriculum in Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics (“STEAM”) fields.

Future For Us –  A strong, purposeful community where womxn of color feel empowered to pave the way forward through opportunities to network, connect with individuals and resources, mentor and support one another, and create a powerful personal brand.

Geek Girls Carrots – A global organization focused on connecting, learning and inspiring women in Tech and IT.

Girls in Tech – Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.

Girls in STEM – A resource providing education and links to learn more about women and girls in STEM.

Girls in STEM (Syracuse.edu) – Recruiting more women engineers means getting more girls involved in STEM. This resource provides a brief history of Women in STEM and tips for parents.

Girls Who Code – has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. That’s progress! I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to close the gender gap in tech — we’re actually doing it. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. Like us, you believed in girls’ unlimited potential. Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech.

Girls with Impact – The only live, online entrepreneurship program made just for girls. Developed with Harvard leaders, our ‘mini-MBA’ program equips girls with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become the leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow.

A Guide to Engaging Girls in Early STEM Learning – A comprehensive resource for parents, teachers, and professionals to encourage a more diverse population for the future of STEM industries. Their intent is to provide children with unlimited learning opportunities and work towards closing the gender gap once and for all.

Guide to Tinkering – Tinkering is a hands-on form of open-ended exploration to learn about how things work, how to improve them, and how to build new things. This guide offers resources and directions to help you learn how to do projects involving simple electronics, simple machines, engineering and coding.

History of Women and Computers – Women have played a vital role in the development of the computer. Today we must continue to encourage girls and women to become involved in the computer industry. The work they do today, may be important in the future of computer, like the pioneers of computers like Lovelace, Hopper and others.

Ignite Worldwide – Inspires girls to become the future technology leaders and innovators of our world. Operating as an award-winning State and National Best Practice program, IGNITE introduces girls from grades 6-12 to technology careers via panel discussions, job shadowing, technology workshops, mentoring, and field trips throughout the school year to visit the work places of professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. IGNITE partners with a wide range of companies and organizations throughout the Greater Seattle area including Microsoft, Starbucks, Moz, TUNE, Facebook, Amazon, REI, and many more. IGNITE’s programs are offered directly through the public schools which removes many of the barriers that typically prevent girls from experiencing these opportunities, allowing access for all students. Since its founding in 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 30,000 young women to pursue education and careers in STEM.

Innovation Women – Our mission is to provide equal visibility opportunities for women, supporting career development, business success, thought leadership and diversity.

Kal Academy – Our mission is to make it easier for women to build a career in the tech industry and increase diversity which is critical for innovation. We do that by providing women with affordable, accessible, and relevant training and certification, that offers lucrative career growth opportunities. Become a Software Developer in 5 months.

Ladies Get Paid – When you sign up for Ladies Get Paid, you’ll be invited to our private online network where thousands of women from around the world share advice, resources, and job opportunities. You will also receive our weekly newsletter with upcoming events, workshops, webinars, blog articles, job postings, and more.

Ladies in Seattle Tech – In recognition of International Women’s Day, Almie Borromeo wanted an event that would bring all women together. Unlike other similar gatherings, this event is for women of any role at a tech company. From marketers to project managers to engineers and everything in between, all are welcome!

Lean In – We help women achieve their ambitions and work to create an equal world.
We want a world where people of every gender can pursue their dreams without bias or other barriers holding them back. Where girls grow up to be confident, resilient leaders. Where more women run companies and countries. We are driven by the belief our society and economy would be better if women and girls were valued as equal to men and boys.

LaunchCode.org – offering a free alternative pathway to full-time tech employment. If you are an aspiring developer, LaunchCode can help you get to where you want to be. Watch the video of President Obama telling the story of one of their students successes.

Lean In Circles – small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together. Circles are as unique as the individuals who start them, but they all share a common bond: the power of peer support. Women are asking for more and stepping outside their comfort zones, and women and men are talking openly about gender issues for the first time.

Lean in Seattle – The Seattle Chapter is one of the largest, most active chapters the world and was designated by LeanIn.org as one of their 30 Regional Leaders worldwide. We’re a diverse group with 2,000+ members who have made a commitment to build a community on a set of powerful core values. Our community empowers women to lead at every level. We are multigenerational, multicultural and dedicated to helping women succeed.

Maryville University — A list of financial aid resources, including scholarships and grants, specifically aimed at helping women.

Meetup.com – If you live in a metropolitan area, there are likely many women-led business support groups right in your community. And if there aren’t any in your area, why not start one? MeetUp.com is a great way to find the right groups for you. Yes, you’ll want to head to a business-focused group, but also look for groups devoted to your industry. Similarly, search for national women-focused support groups for your industry, as there is a high probability there are resources available to you.

Mesa – MESA stands Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement and has been committed to building a pathway to college and careers in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) since 1982. We develop programming and initiatives to improve diversity and retention with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women.

National Association of Women MBA’s, Seattle Chapter – NAWMBA Seattle is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the gender diversity of the nation‘s workforce.

National Center for Women & Information Technology -NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. Before NCWIT was chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation, programs focusing on women and computing existed mostly in isolation — without the benefit of shared best practices, effective resources, communication with others, or national reach. Today, these programs are part of the NCWIT community, creating a far greater impact than if institutions acted alone.

Open Colleges — A list of programs that are dedicated to getting women into STEM majors and careers.

Seattle PyLadies – PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Our mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings.

Seattle Women in Tech – Hosting quarterly events to educate, empower, and connect women working in or aspiring to work in technology.  All event proceeds are donated to partner organizations working to increase diversity in the technology industry.

She’s Coding – She’s Coding provides education, resources, and actionable guidelines for anyone who wants to help bridge the gender gap in the field of computer science. Whether you’re a woman currently working in tech, a girl interested in learning to code, a male ally for women in computer science, or a company trying to find ways to increase diversity, you’ve come to the right place! We are continuously working on enhancing and improving our content – check back regularly and see what’s new! Check out the Seattle Meetup page.

Small Business Grants for Women – If you’re an entrepreneur, raising capital is a big part of your job. Small business grants are an excellent resource for women business owners, since these awards are essentially free money that you don’t have pay back, unlike other financing options like small business loans and credit cards. Some grant options are even targeted for women business owners specifically, which makes them man excellent source of capital for female entrepreneurs.

Smithsonian Science Education Center — A portal with information about women in STEM.

Society of STEM Women of Color — An organization dedicated specifically to helping women of color get into and stay active in STEM careers.

SoGal – is the largest global platform for the education and empowerment of diverse entrepreneurs and investors. Our mission is to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Solitaired Notable Women in Computing [Card Game] – Raise your knowledge and understanding about women who have been leading tech and computing in the past few decades while having fun. When you play this free online solitaire card game you’ll learn about everyone from tech giants such as Padmasree Warrior (Founder, CEO, and President of Fable Group Inc.) to Denice Denton (American professor of electrical engineering).

STDLabs Scholarship — The “Test Yourself” Scholarship of $1,500.00 is awarded twice per year: once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Each award will be given to a different student, in order to maximize the impact of the scholarship, increase awareness and critical consideration of the stubborn taboos around topics such as STD testing, and share more stories from inspirational people. Apply Now! 

Supporting Women in Business — Take a closer look at the many gender inequalities women face in the workplace. We’ll also highlight some successful women who have shattered expectations and risen to the top in this environment that is still largely dominated by males.

Techbridge Girls  – Techbridge inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering. Through hands-on learning, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders.

TechGirlz – Our vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, leaders and students. We share our free workshop curriculum with companies, organizations, schools and community groups so they can inspire girls around the world with technology.

Techtonica FREE virtual full-stack program – Techtonica’s full-time software engineering training program is a free, virtual year-long program that provides the opportunity for women and non-binary adults with low incomes to learn technical skills and start their first job in tech.

Tips for Getting Girls Involved with STEM – Science and engineering play a huge role in how we learn about the world and develop ways to advance our well being. While the United States is known for its higher education compared to other leading nations, we lack in educating engineers and scientists. One of the big reasons that the United States has fallen behind in science and engineering is that not enough is being done to encourage females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is important that we find ways to encourage females to explore careers in STEM. Visit this site to see many resources for helping girls get involved with STEM.

The Cru – The Cru is a constellation of women committed to helping each other thrive. We match circles of ten women in a city based on their personality, values, demographics and life goals. Crus coach one another online and in person to accelerate their personal and professional growth.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine — Lots of statistics related to women in STEM, including school performance, workplace representation, and salaries.

Tune House – We believe women should be equally represented in tech. We are providing a house where students can focus on their careers, engage with like minded peers, and build relationships with mentors and professionals in their field.

Venture Inclusion Network – Sexual harassment a serious, systemic, societal issue. The power dynamics in the male-dominated venture industry are particularly problematic. This issue is not new, but is (finally) receiving significant attention thanks to several brave women who put their reputations and careers on the line to publicly shed light on this reality. Many in the industry are launching initiatives to create positive change.

Women 2.0 – Describes itself as a “community-driven media brand” with a focus on women in technology. The content featured on the site, which also is available through a newsletter signup, explores every aspect of being a woman in technology. Their blog network offers a platform for female entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and innovators to gather and exchange stories and tips. The site hosts conferences, pitch startup competitions, city meet-ups, and online investor hangouts.

Women’s Breaking The Glass Ceiling In Clean Energy Fields – The clean energy industry has been historically male-dominated with only a handful of women working in clean energy fields. But many hope to open the doors for the next generation to break into cutting-edge industries. 

Women’s Business Resources – Articles and tips for women focused on entrepreneurship and business.

WomenHack – Promotes gender equality in tech and helps people get hired at companies committed to diversity in the workplace. We take a unique approach by vetting the companies we work with to ensure we’re presenting companies who are committed to things such as equal pay, career advancement, and leadership opportunities.

Women in Bio – We are an organization of professional women from all career walks in the field of life sciences. We are all volunteers and we all share the goal of enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership, and — more importantly — to fulfill their own career aspirations.

Women in Cloud – a community-led economic development initiative, has a massive mission: to take action with global leaders, corporations and policy makers to help women entrepreneurs create $1 billion in economic access and opportunity by 2030. And we won’t stop until we get there.

Women In Cloud: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator – An immersive 6 month program to assist women led tech companies to co-build, co-market and co-sell with Microsoft and their distribution channels. This program is designed to help you win enterprise opportunities, get access to Azure credits, an advisor community, and global stage to showcase your business.

Women in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain – Whether you are a woman—at any stage in your career—trying to break into cryptocurrency, or perhaps you are writing a grant to obtain support for women in crypto-related pursuits, this directory contains a comprehensive set of resources.

Women in Security and PrivacyEducation: Help women identify and achieve the level of education and skills required to succeed in security and privacy positions across multiple industries. Mentoring & Networking: Foster a community for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, mentorship, and networking. Advancement: Support the career advancement of women in security and privacy. Leadership: Increase thought leadership by women in security and privacy.

Women in Tech Regatta – The Regatta connects and celebrates the area’s women in tech through a week long program of educational events, speakers and experiences. WiT is designed to give access to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community.  WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of area(s) of expertise, all genders, and career levels are welcome and encourage to participate.

Women in Technology International – Providing women in tech with access to support from other professionals in the industry. There are educational resources and opportunities abound, and an annual conference. This is a worldwide network with support and access for women around the globe.

Women in VC – The world’s largest global directory for women in venture capital to find each other, connect, and collaborate.

Women of Color in Tech – a catalyst for the advancement of womxn, grrls, and communities of color through technology. Embodying the mantra; for us, by us- Womxn of Color in Tech cultivates spaces and programs that explore and design a world of technology that centers us. We envision a society where technology empowers our communities; providing spaces where belonging, self & social awareness, and agency are the foundations of our work.

Women of Color Speak Out – We are a collective of Seattle activists working to educate and inform our communities on the climate crisis. Our presentations connect global warming to the systems of oppression. We are focused on shifting the narrative of the climate movement to one that is beyond the superficial causes (fossil fuels) to the deeper injustices of the world by decolonizing our minds and our audiences’. We speak from our personal truths and share unique perspectives on demanding climate justice and collectively creating a new, just future for us all.

Women Who Code Seattle Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.

Women Who Launch – Programs available across North America. The goal is to empower women to engage with entrepreneurship, as founders, funders, or team members.

Women Who Tech – is the largest network of women-led startups, investors, and allies working to increase diversity and funding in tech.

Women Who Venture – “This book about dozens of successful women-investors is terrific! It is much needed today, to show current and aspiring investors what is possible. Renata’s book will tell the stories of venture capitalists from all different backgrounds, who had very different sets of experiences and approaches, stories about how they shaped their career and achieved their success. Page after page, this book will give confidence to other women who want to work in venture capital. And by the time they finish reading the book, I hope they will feel: ‘If they can do it, I can do it too!’” – Janet Bannister, Real Ventures, Canada

World Pulse – World Pulse is rallying the voices of women to inform a new technology agenda that enables women’s leadership. Join us as we transform tech for gender equity.

YWCA – YWCA Olympia is on a mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the political, social and economic status of all women and girls. Our vision is a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression and thrive in a just society. We are a multi-service organization that has served girls, women and families since 1945.

39 LGBTQ+ STEM Innovators and Resources – A wonderful list of inspiring, innovative individuals and organizations making a difference for the LGBTQ+ tech community.

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