Her code: Engendering Change in the Silicon Valley | Gender Report on Technology

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.00.26

The dearth of women in technology-related fields has been an enduring challenge. One traditionally explored via predictable frameworks – educational, governmental, and cultural. Less considered, and for some reason less obvious, is the technological dimension. We began our research into the under-representation of women in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) fields with these frameworks. Guided by a historical perspective, enriched by interviews with high-profile women executives and journalists in tech, supplemented by interviews with young girls, and complemented by literature review and secondary research, we came to a surprising path of inquiry. What role does technology itself play in the evolution of women’s career trajectories in the tech field?

The genesis of our inquiry into “women in tech” began in 2009, but it had in fact been building for a long time before that. Orange Labs San Francisco (OLSF) researchers and managers had been seeing more and more activity in the Silicon Valley ecosystem being headed up by women. Activity in the broadest sense: events, startups, influential blogs, and keynote presentations at major conferences by venture capitalists, CIOs and CTOs at companies like Cisco and Adobe, Sun and Agilent. A core group met to discuss what would be involved in a focused study examining the history, current status, and future of women in the cradle of high-tech, Silicon Valley.

The phrase “women in tech” has many facets to it. Our research team has taken a broad interpretation of the phrase, and offset this with a strong focus on Silicon Valley, where the Orange Labs San Francisco facility regularly hosts interactions with the ecosystem, as well as maintains an active schedule of attending external events and engaging with the Silicon Valley tech community. Indeed, the growing number of networking events designed around the “women in tech” theme in this area was one impetus for conducting the study. The broad definition of “women in tech” encompasses over 30 years of activity in multiple disciplines including Academia/ Education, Engineering, Product/Industrial Design, Marketing, & Management/Finance.

Download full report here

Pioneer 20 2024 - Top 20 refugee women in the EU
TechWomen100 Awards 2024 Nominations open

Upcoming Events


22junAll DayPRIDE PARTY presented by KIKI

22jun20:0023:30Pride Edinburgh Official After Party | Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

26jun10:0011:00How can school leaders support Menstrual Health and Menopause at work? | Online

27jun08:4518:00The Brilliance Summit

29jun09:0018:30Pride in London Parade with RICS

29jun10:0016:00Pride in London - Outvertising Walking Group

29jun10:3012:00Yoga for Acceptance - an Event for Pride

30jun19:0022:00PRIDE BINGO

Job Board Banner

Related Posts