WOMEN OF SILICON VALLEY
ALTHOUGH WOMEN LIKE Nunu Ntshingila, who heads up facebook's first A frican offices in Johannesburg, are doing amazing work in science, maths and technology, more can be done to get women into these elds and accepted by male peers. That's why Lea Coligado, a computer science student at Stanford, created the blog Women of Silicon alley, showcasing females working in the tech industry. Women who have convinced me that at the end of a long crappy tunnel fraught with temptations to uestion my intelligence and terrible pick-up lines, there is a light, ea says. She has featured female software engineers and tech leads from acebook, interest, oogle and witter, as well as Capetonian Alexis Gillis, at tech academy iXperience, which places students at ape own companies after teaching them to code. She receives nominations for women to feature from friends and followers, and says, s a woman who's worked in almost entirely male environments, I know being able to look up to someone is crucial for getting through rough patches, for feeling a sense of belonging to your work.
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Planetary scientist professor Kerri Cahoy; mobile product designer Sophie Xie; computer scientist
ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT and entrepreneur Estefania Ortiz Jessie Duan, founder of Girls Teaching Girls to Code; Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and CEO of CODE2040; Alexis Gillis featured on Women of Silicon Valley