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International Women’s Day: Highlighting Resources for Female Developers

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Lori Fraleigh

Senior Director, Developer Relations

International Women's Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate women's achievements while calling for greater equality.

To support and strengthen gender equality in the developer community – and tech in general – here’s a round up of some of our favorite initiatives that support women in the space.

Online communities and organizations

  • Django Girls - This volunteer-run organization and community empowers women to organize free, one-day programming workshops by providing tools, resources, and support. More than 20,000 female devs have already become Django Girls at events spanning 98 countries and 526 cities.
  • Tech Ladies - Through a supportive online group, a free job board and opportunities to learn, Tech Ladies has helped thousands of women grow their technology careers. Members can connect with 100,000 females working in the tech space through this international community.
  • Women Who Code - Envisioning a world where women are proportionally represented as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers, Women Who Code provides over 200,000 members with access to programs and services designed to support career growth. This global community connects female devs with jobs, leaders, scholarships, and more. 80% of members reported positive career impact after joining WWCode.

E-mail subscription lists

  • Ada’s List - With a mission to make women in technology stronger as a community and as individuals, this community asks its members to listen, ask, answer, support, participate, and be thoughtful, helpful, open, honest, and respectful. They aim to address female under-representation in tech by providing a space for discourse and change.

  • Systers - The world’s largest email community of women in technical computing roles, Systers provides a private, safe online forum. Members gain support by networking, sharing advice, and experiences, and collaborating on various projects. With 23 different affinity groups, women technologists from a variety of backgrounds and self-identified cultures can connect.

Organizations that promote strong female voices

  • Women Who Design - This directory of accomplished women in the design industry helps people find notable and relevant voices to follow on Twitter by parsing Twitter bios for popular keywords, including developers, UX designers, Web designers, and more.

  • Women Talk Design - This organization elevates women and gender non-binary speakers and their talks so organizers can better discover them. It also provides tools, information and resources to organizers on how to design more inclusive events, and offers training, events, and community for new speakers.

Organizations aimed at supporting the next generation

  • Girls Who Code - On a mission to build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States, Girls Who Code is a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who create clear pathways for young women to join the computing workforce.

  • Techbridge Girls – For the past 20 years, Techbridge Girls has aimed to excite, educate and equip girls from low-income communities by delivering high-quality STEM programming, empowering them to achieve economic mobility and make better life choices. In the next ten years, they’re aiming to have empowered 1 million young women through their programming.

Within our Samsung Developer team, we have a roster of strong women in leadership roles – each of whom contribute in meaningful and unique ways. We have made great strides as an industry and are looking forward to an even more diverse and inclusive developer space in the years to come. Check out the above resources and drop a comment if we missed any that you love. Happy International Women’s Day 2020!