Today, Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD), and we look forward to celebrating alongside change leaders like you from around the world! Follow NCWIT on Twitter and Facebook for 24 tips on reducing gender bias in the tech workplace — just one way that each of us can #BalanceforBetter.
IWD is celebrated in many countries as a day to recognize women for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political divisions. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. For more information about the history of International Women’s Day, visit the United Nations.
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Join in on paying tribute to the generations of women whose technical contributions have proved invaluable to society, like the 2019 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Recipient Lynn Conway, an engineering explorer and human empowerment advocate.
Celebrate Technical Women with NCWIT
The NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award (www.ncwit.org/pioneeraward) recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer in Tech Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right.
Follow NCWIT on Facebook and Twitter for highlights of past winners, including NASA Mathematicians Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, and IBM's Eleanor Kolchin.
Modern Figures Podcast (http://modernfigurespodcast.com/) guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. Geared toward women of color in STEM, especially high school and college students, the podcast also highlights the interestingly relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing.
Join NCWIT, the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS), and other special guests for a “Modern Figures Podcast Twitter Chat: Elevating the Voices of Black Women in Computing” on March 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) [www.aspirations.org/19HSrecipients] honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Saturday, March 9 marks the “Technology Stars of the Future Showcase & Awards Ceremony,” celebrating the 40 National Award AiC recipients.
Follow AiC on Instagram for daily features of recipients, and follow AiC on Twitter for event updates.
TECHNOLOchicas (www.technolochicas.org) underscores the critical need to acknowledge, celebrate, and raise visibility for Latinas in tech by focusing on the interests, strengths, and needs of the Latino community. From optical and materials engineers at NASA to an intern and a graduate student, get to know the eleven Latinas who are thriving in tech in their own words: online videos and biographies profile their various paths to success, and reveal a day in their lives at work and at home.
Bring the TECHNOLOchicas to you! TECHNOLOchicas Ambassadors can facilitate workshops, share about their own educational and professional journeys, participate in outreach events, facilitate trainings, give keynote talks, and more. Click the “Contact” button in the top, right-hand corner of technolochicas.org to set up an in-person or virtual visit.
NCWIT and Wogrammer team up to showcase real women in tech (www.ncwit.org/wogrammer). Nearly a dozen women in computing from NCWIT programs, specifically from the Aspirations in Computing Community and TECHNOLOchicas, will be profiled on the Wogrammer platform and cross-featured on NCWIT communications channels in order to maximize visibility and engagement.
Take a look back at features thus far (www.ncwit.org/wogrammer), and be sure to follow @wogrammer, @NCWITAIC, and @NCWIT on Instagram for future posts.
Do Your Part to Acknowledge the Importance of Technical Women Year Round
Any day is an ideal day to celebrate women’s innovations in computing and to advocate for increasing their meaningful participation. NCWIT offers resources and tools to help individuals increase the visibility of technical women: www.ncwit.org/resources.
The entire AiC program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements—the Award for AiC is supported by Bank of America.
TECHNOLOchicas is co-produced by NCWIT and Televisa Foundation. TECHNOLOchicas is made possible through the support of Apple, Dell/EMC, Google, Intel, AT&T, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Univision, and the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CASHI).