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Women in Tech: 5 Organizations for Female Programmers

Supporting marginalized communities is important in every industry. But, especially in the field of tech, raising underrepresented voices needs to be a priority. Computing is the future of professional careers, but women hold only 25 percent of computing jobs.

Insights like this one demonstrate the need for organizations that support women and minority groups in tech. And there are a lot of these organizations, tailored for techies at every age and stage in their coding journey. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about them. That’s why we’re sharing 5 organizations for female programmers.

 

1. Women in Technology International (WITI)

What started in 1989 as a means for tech-based women to network has grown into a women’s empowerment organization with a market reach exceeding 2 million. WITI believes that technology can be a driving force in gender equality. The organization is intended for professionals and corporations who consider technology central to their business. Members have access to webinars, networking opportunities, professional development and mentoring opportunities

How to join

If you identify as a female programmer, coder, or tech-based professional, visit WITI’s membership page. And, if you’re currently enrolled in a coding program or bootcamp, students receive a discount on membership!

 

2. mBolden (formerly Women in Wireless)

Connect, inspire, and embolden women in mobile & digital. That is mBolden’s core mission. Through corporate partnerships and events, mBolden has helped more than 10,000 members succeed in their professional pursuits.

Chapters are central to mBolden’s support structure. mBolden members come together in 10 chapter cities, which range in location from San Francisco all the way to Singapore. These chapters organize localized events for female programmers and coders, creating community in members’ backyards.

How to join

Membership with mBolden involves access to a mailing list and all your local chapter’s meetings and events. If you’re a woman in tech who’d like to join, fill out a membership form on the mBolden website.

 

3. Ada’s List

All who identify as women are welcome at Ada’s List. The email-based community provides members with the ability to network, mentor, and simply talk about life as a woman in tech. Ada’s List also hosts in-person conferences which members are encouraged to attend.

How to join

Simply apply to receive mail from Ada’s List! Members are expected to support the continued improvement of the tech industry, which means raising up other female programmers.

4. League of Women Coders

Meet-ups are what make the League of Women Coders so successful. Once every month, programmers who identify as women come together to brainstorm and build. While the League is currently based out of New York and D.C., it hopes to spread across the country soon.

How to join

Visit the League of Women Coders website to find meet-up dates in New York and D.C.

 

5. Systers

Systers is the largest email community of women in technical computing roles. Created in 1987 by tech superstar Anita Borg, Systers has been connecting women in tech for over 30 years. The organization also hosts more than 20 affinity groups for women of all different identities.

How to join

For more information on Systers and to join the mailing list, visit their website.

 

At every stage in the coder’s journey, they deserve to feel supported. That’s why Hack Reactor created our Telegraph program, which is specifically designed to prepare underrepresented students for a successful career in tech. Whether you identify as a woman, a person of color, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, a veteran, or all the above, Telegraph is built to help you thrive. With help from meaningful organizations and programs like these, we can hope to build a more equitable tech industry.

 

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