On January 27th we took some of the team to a very special event here in Portland: SUPER: WOMEN IN TECH Live Storytelling. The night was made by the 6 incredible speakers who boldly divulged their stories to a room full of eager ears. We listened, we laughed, we related and we all left feeling a bit more empowered.
The Walker Tracker team is made up of 70% women.
For those of you who may not know – that is a huge deal in a tech company. To provide some perspective: ¼ of people employed in computer and mathematical occupations are women and less than 20% of software developers are women.
Ok, this isn’t really new stuff – why are you writing this now, Taylor? Because I have the privilege to be a part of a phenomenal team (where women are represented in all departments: sales, development, management and customer service), it is easy for me to be removed from the bigger discussion. I recently sat down with my friend, Katie, who is a software developer for a medium sized firm in Portland. She is the only woman on her floor. Last week it was Portland StartUp week; I attended a presentation on Women in StartUps: Negotiating for Yourself. The presenter told a story that stuck with me: she was part of a StartUp venture where the men actually took over the women’s restroom because there were more stalls (the company was predominantly men). Something is telling me – it’s time to pay better attention.
So, if all I can get from you today is 2 more minutes – please take those and watch this trailer for CODE.
“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?”
We encourage you to check out the full documentary.
Here are some (of the many) opportunities for more information:
She’s Coding – http://shescoding.org
Tech Women – https://www.techwomen.org
National Center for Women & Information Technology – https://www.ncwit.org
WIT (Women in Tech) – http://www.womenintechnology.org
Check out the numbers for the largest software companies – https://www.cnet.com/news/women-in-tech-the-numbers-dont-add-up/