The traditional image of a ‘techie’ or an engineer is a guy wearing sneakers and a t-shirt. Ask people to imagine an engineer, as Debbie Sterling does in the video below, and they will not picture a well-dressed, articulate young woman.
This became painfully clear when Isis Anchelee, a software engineer working with OneLogin in San Francisco, appeared in an ad for her company. Online comments stating that she must be a hired model because she did not ‘look like an engineer’ sparked a wave of female techies posting their pictures on social media, hashtagging it with #ILookLikeAnEngineer.
Still, being a woman in tech is a hard gig sometimes. That’s why we’ve collected five top TED talks by women in tech. Enjoy!
Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
Dame Stephanie Shirley founded an all-woman software company. In the 1960s. Really…
Teach girls bravery, not perfection
Reshma Saujani founded Girls who Code. She wants to teach young girls something that we tend to allow boys, but not girls: taking risks, and the failing that comes with it.
Why we have too few women leaders
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg offers advice to women who want to reach the top of the corporate world. Go for it!
Inspiring the next generation of female engineers
Debbie Sterling tells us how the culture of ‘pretty’ keeps girls from wanting to be an engineer. And how she developed an engineering toy for girls to counter this.
Women in tech – the missing force
Karen Catlin analyzes why we need women in tech to power innovation, and how education is changing to turn computer science into a more balanced field.