As a woman who’s spent a decades-long career working for technology-focused companies, I’ve take a personal interest in the rising women-in-tech movement. While it’s brought to light many personal stories about women’s negative experiences and struggles working in male-dominated tech firms, the movement has also presented the technology community with an opportunity to take constructive action that’s spawned many positive outcomes.
At the macro level, some of this change has come through the efforts of groups that support and spotlight women—AnitaB.org, Girls Who Code and scores of “Women in…” organizations come to mind. These groups offer networking, mentoring, education and more to help their members build their skills, confidence and careers. They also drive awareness of women’s issues and inspire the advancement of women through coordinated PR campaigns that tell the stories of both our challenges and our successes.