In today’s increasingly visual culture — images hold a lot of power. They help to educate us, inspire us, and even represent us. And when it comes to representation — images can either help to subvert stereotypes or continue perpetuating them.
Which is why, Women of Color in Tech Chat (@wocintechchat) decided to tackle the lack of representation of women of color in tech, and in turn disrupt the stereotype of what it means to be a tech worker in the 21st century. Formed in 2015, Women of Color in Tech Chat first started as a safe space for women and non-binary people of color to discuss issues in tech, and provide opportunities in the industry.
But soon, they saw a new opportunity to address the lacklustre results you’d be given when you typed “Women of Color in Tech’ into any search bar. So they did something about it. They invited a handful of women from the tech community to participate in their first ever women of color in tech photoshoot.
The shoot received so much support and encouragement, that Women of Color in Tech Chat decided to hold a second larger shoot of women and non-binary people of color in tech — focusing on day-to-day activities like coding, leading meetings, and brainstorming sessions to give a more expansive view of what it means to be a women of color in the industry.
Women of Color in Tech Chat on Unsplash
And now, images from those two photoshoots are available to download on Unsplash. We’re excited to have partnered with Women of Color in Tech Chat to make these images available to our community, and give a voice to the women in tech that have been consistently and continuously underrepresented.