The Google Memo: Screw that guy, support these women-led organizations

Melba Roy led the group of human computers who tracked the Echo satellites in the 1960s. (NASA)

Melba Roy led the group of human computers who tracked the Echo satellites in the 1960s. (NASA)

 

You’ve heard about the memo. Or you’ve even read it.

You’ve heard that he’s been fired.

You’ve read about the specious science.

You’ve read about how women were pushed out of computing. Or you’ve seen the movie.

You’re maybe not that surprised that a white guy thinks diversity is important, but doesn’t want to do anything concrete to address it.

Ahem, the computer women, thanks.

Now, focus on these women-led organizations supporting other women and girls in STEM.

Black Girls Code

Since 2011, running classes, hackathons, and other programs to encourage black girls in computer science. Their ultimate aims are to increase the number of women of color in tech, and providing African-American youth and girls of color with the skills to occupy the computing jobs of the future.

 

Bridge Foundry   

Their mission statement really says it all: “We’re dedicated to doing whatever it takes so that the makers of technology are reflective of our society, because diversity fosters innovation.” They do this through open source, volunteer-led free workshops on various coding languagues.

 

Girls Who Code

Founded to close the gender gap in technology, what started with 20 girls in NYC has grown to reaching more than 40,000 girls across the country through clubs and summer programs.

 

MotherCoders

Expanding the tech talent pool by  helping — you guessed it — mothers break into the tech sector. Their part-time technology training program includes on-site childcare, making it even more accessible. Catch the nonprofit’s founder, Tina Lee, dispense some serious wisdom in the clip below, courtesy of

Women Who Code

A global non-profit that offers programs, events, and other career services to its 100,000+ members to women in tech.

 

American Association of University Women

The oldest organization on our list, this venerable association has been advancing equity for women and girls since 1881.

 

Association for Women in Science

Since the heyday of Women’s Liberation in 1971, this organization is dedicated to combating job discrimination, lower pay, and professional isolation for women. AWIS has 49 chapters across the United States that facilitate networking, mentorship, and outreach to young women considering careers in STEM.

 

images courtesy of this fantastic post from Hacker Noon on Medium