Hello to whoever’s still out there reading this! This last year has been a whirlwind, but I’m out of blog hibernation to announce an important project for Ada’s List, the global community for women in technology I co-founded 3 years ago. We’re an online community where women who work in tech:
- Talk off the record about professional, tech and science-related topics
- Find amazing women to speak on panels and talented ladies to write about
- Find support if you’re a co-founder, entrepreneur, freelancer, corporate innovator
- Get mentoring, and so much more.
Whatever we’ve achieved so far has happened on a shoestring with the blood, sweat and tears of volunteers who care about making the tech sector a better place for us all.
That’s why we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign. With concrete resources to support us, imagine what more we could achieve.
We know that in an ideal world Ada’s List wouldn’t exist, because there would be no need to fight for gender equality in STEM. But, the truth is the sector is dominated by men. There are not enough women in STEM positions, or on boards of companies. This all adds up to creating a macho-culture which not only impacts what women can sometimes achieve but also influences the end-product built by a company – and things are better when they’re created by a diverse group of people.
A quick summary of some of the things we’ve done:
- Launched our agenda, committing ourselves to increasing diversity and promoting women into leadership across the tech sector
- We are growing at 5-10% every month
- Our UK General Election survey last year was covered in the mainstream press, and we were featured in publications like Fortune and the London Evening Standard.
- We’ve established a strong management team supported by committed volunteers and an advisory board.
- But we are even more proud of how active our membership has become. It’s not just a talking shop – members are supporting each other daily, by mentoring, sharing jobs and organising or participating in regular meetups and events keeping women in tech engaged in the industry.
How can you help?
Today, we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign. We want to raise £25,000 so that in 2017 we can expand Ada’s List.
Anything you can donate will help us kick off a successful fundraiser – thank you!