Melba Roy, Lead Mathematician / "Computer" for NASA, 1964
Melba Roy, Lead Mathematician / Computer for NASA, 1964

Let’s forget for a moment the “real reason” there aren’t more women in tech, the rise of the brogrammer, and the fact that MEN invented the internet. Let’s focus on the people and organizations that are actively facilitating getting women in tech – through teaching, mentorship, and cash. Let’s stop retweeting the same articles about how bad things are for women in STEM, and start sharing solutions.

I’ll start.


  • Girl Develop It teaches tech classes to women in five major cities in the US, as well as Ottawa and Sydney. The classes are affordable, accessible, and welcoming to absolute beginners.
  • Black Girls Code is, you guessed it, an organization that holds workshops for girls of color ages 7-14 around the country. They are currently running a fundraiser on Indiegogo for their Summer Of Code program.
  • Web Start Women offers classes for women in web design and development. They also hold project nights and other events. They started in Philly and Boston, and are now expanding to include online courses.
  • Tech Girlz provides resources and events for girls and women. They also launched the first annual Women in Tech Summit this year, with great success.
  • Girls Who Code holds an eight week training program for teenage girls from underserved communities in NYC.

Meetups and Networking 

Mentorship and Scholarships

  • Chariot Solutions Scholars Program offers minority women mentorship and training in emerging technologies.
  • Etsy is providing $5,000 grants to women who want to attend Hacker School but don’t have the financial means.
  • The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship – $10k in the US – recognizes outstanding female students in technology.
  • Girls in Tech provides mentorship, networking and seminars for college students, as well as panel discussions and events for women in technology.

I’m sure there is more going on that I’ve missed – if so please share in the comments.

Change is happening. Celebrate it, talk about it, share it, and get involved.

Update June 12 1:45pm:

  • Etsy raised enough money to send 18 women to Hacker School in partnership with 37 Signals and Yammer. As Marc Hedlund wrote on their blog today, they “increased the Hacker Grant amount to $7,000 [per student], which means that the total amount given out was $126,000 — $28,000 from each 37Signals and Yammer, and $70,000 from Etsy.”
  • TechGirlz is working to win $10,000 by being the top fundraiser on July 14th via their 10 for 10 campaign.
  • Black Girls Code has raised $2,000+ toward their $18,000 goal for their Summer of Code program.

Update July 14, 2012 10:18pm:

Update August 15, 2012 11:57pm:

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