WOMEN OF SIL­I­CON VAL­LEY

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FILTER - Medium.com/@WomenOfSil­i­conVal­ley WomenOfSV

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

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