“You’re not supposed to be fearless; all you have to do is be brave.”

- Kai Frazier

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Source: Kai Frazier Portfolio, Kai at U.S. Department of Education

In our first article, Racial Equity in Tech: What’s the Problem?, we identified the current state of the gaps in racial diversity of tech companies, how racism plays a role in these numbers, and how side effects of underrepresentation help maintain the status quo. …

Black women contributed a great deal to the STEM fields despite gross underrepresentation in these industries. Thanks to the film Hidden Figures, which highlights the stories of tech pioneers Kathrine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, more conversations surround Black women in tech. However, according to a study by the National Center For Women & Information Technology, Black women made up only 3% of the computing and mathematical workforce in 2019.

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Image description: Bar chart showing percentage of computing occupations held by women in 2015. 25% of women hold computing occupations, but only 5% are held by Asian women, 3% are held by Black women and 1% are Latinx.

Although these numbers are slowly changing, there is much to be done to make these industries more inclusive. In the meantime, there is a new generation of Black women and girls in STEM who are blazing new trails despite the odds. …

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From the #WOCinTech Chat photo series

“Whenever a Black person or group used White people as a standard of measurement and cast another Black person or group as inferior, it was another instance of racism.”

― Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Our vision at Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls is “to bridge the gender gap in tech by providing a safe and welcoming environment for women and girls to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville.” We are well-versed in gender equity issues in tech and we have shared a lot about how we got here, highlighted women and girls in tech who are role models for the future, and offered a variety of solutions for changing the equation. …

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