$1m Wages Lost: The Gender Pay Gap Exposed in Episode One of The Chasing Grace Project

Today we’re excited to announce the release and premiere screening for The Chasing Grace Project Episode One: Eighty Twenty, which will take place March 25, 2018 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. This is the first of six episode releases and premiere screening events planned in different cities across the U.S.

Tickets are free but space is limited. Please reserve your ticket today. The episode will also be available online that evening.

While the women’s movement is experiencing a renaissance, a clear indicator of progress is equal pay for equal work and access to opportunity. But the average gender pay gap across industries is stagnant at 20 percent and the climb to leadership positions remains a grueling one for many women. Eighty Twenty will explore the impact of the pay and gender gap on women in tech through personal stories that, like the Project trailer, show how women are facing adversities and rising above them to create change and chart successful careers.

We’re also very pleased to announce today that the Open Source Technology Center at Intel is our newest sponsor. Thanks to Imad Sousou and his team for supporting this important work and exclusively sponsoring the Portland premiere screening. Intel’s work on diversity and inclusiveness is among the strongest in the industry, and we’re excited to partner with them on this Project. Imad shares more about why this work is important to him in his blog today.

The premiere screening event in Portland will include The Chasing Grace Project photo exhibit ‘Persistence,’ which features local women from the episode, as well as performances by local artists and other surprises.

You can tune into the Portland Radio Project today at 9:40 am PT to get even more details on the event. You can also learn more about the first episode in the docuseries later this month at the PDXWIT Happy Hour. I’ll also be speaking at TechFestNW the week following the premiere where I’ll share some never before seen footage of episode one. You can catch the next full screening in Boston in April at The Cloud Foundry Summit, and I’ll be keynoting later this year at the Open Source Summit in Vancouver, BC where I’ll talk about what we’ve learned from the collective experience of women in tech. As for episode two, we’re off to the Silicon Valley in April to begin shooting.

With The Chasing Grace Project, we are striving to help recruit and retain women in tech. I’ve learned that every single woman in tech has a story, whether they make the headlines or not. The more we understand them, the more we can build an inclusive industry for all. The tech industry is depending on it.

The Chasing Grace Project is a series of six episodes about women in tech. Each episode tackles a different topic in the public narrative and is shot in a different city. The premiere screening of each episode is hosted in the city where it’s shot. This brings together local communities of women and bridges these communities across the country. It is written and directed by Jennifer Cloer and produced and edited by Gary Schillinger, co-founders of Wicked Flicks Productions.