For many years, women’s contributions in tech have been hidden. cipHER lets you in on that secret.
For many, technology can seem like a cipher. With crazy terms, its own languages, and fast rates of innovation. Much of this feeling is due to the lack of transparency, accessibility, and inclusion in the world of tech, especially for women. Luckily there are skill building programs for women of all ages to help raise this low percentage through principles of sisterhood, access to education, and bravery. Their impacts have resulted in improvement of interest and understanding, but there is still a struggle when it comes to rates of outreach and adoption for these programs.
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My process to get to my end result wasn’t easy. With such a big problem like this, I wanted to solve it all, but of course this is more than an individual issue: it’s a systemic one. I attended Girls Who Code’s 10th Anniversary celebration, CodeFair. There, I got to hear the stories, desires, and voices from women of all backgrounds and ages. I got to speak to many of the Girls Who Code Outreach and Education team, as well as many of their partnered and allied companies like Youth to the People. It wasn’t until this experience where my once blurry path, became clear.
A key element missing in their outreach is points of inspiration by authentic and relatable role models. Inspiration based on relatability not only creates a drive, but fuels it. cipHER’s non-profit platform and purpose serves to enhance authentic stories and community content that enables girls to become a part of the story of the fight to eliminate gender bias in technology. We can uplift HER through stories of female trailblazers, current events, and showcasing of community projects. It starts with a cipher to spark inspiration leading to program and skillset adoption to impact a world towards change for not only women, but all.