Women Who Tech:4th Annual Telesummit for Women In Technology. May 23,2012


Top 5 Cities Where Women Work in IT:

    1. Washington, DC Metro area – women account for 32.3% of the IT workforce.
    2. Detroit – women account for 31.5% of the IT workforce.
    3. Baltimore – women account for 28.6% of the IT workforce.
    4. Philadelphia – women account for 28.2% of the IT workforce.
    5. Atlanta – women account for 28.2% of the IT workforce.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey


  • 2% of open source developers are women.
    Source: 2005 O’Reilly Open Source Convention
  • Women account for 28% of the workforce in proprietary software.
    Source: FLOSSPOLS, 2004-2006
  • Women who earn B.S. degrees in Computer Science: 28%
  • Women who go on to get PhD: 16.5%
  • Women who held professional positions in the IT industry in 2006: 26%
    Source: Anita Borg Institute, 2007

Teen Girls Have Access To Computers Later Then Teen Boys:

  • Age of first computer use: Female: 14.5 Male: 12
  • Age of first computer possession: Female: 19 Male: 15
    Source: FLOSSPOLS, 2004-2006

Articles and Studies:

Women in IT: The Facts: By NCWIT

Cracking the Boys Club: 10 Pioneers in Tech and Web 2.0: By Allyson Kapin

NCWIT Scorecard: A Report on the Status of Women in Information Technology: By NCWIT

Latina Entrepreneurs: Growing And Powerful: By Women2.0

Can Angels Help Women Shatter Glass Ceilings?: By Geri Stengel

Compilation of Women in Tech Articles: Compiled on delicious

Women in Technology: Hear Us Roar Series: By Tatiana Apandi

Women Who Risk: Making Women in Technology Visible: By Tara Hunt


Organizations and Blogs:

BlogHer: In 2005 Elisa Camahort, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone responded to the often repeated question: “where all the women bloghers?”  Blogher was their answer, the largest online community of women bloghers to date.

Anita Borg Institute: This inspiring organization works to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women.

Feminist Approach to Technology: A not-for-profit organization based in New Delhi working towards empowering women through technology.

Geek Girl Blogs: A great blogging community for women working in IT.

Idealware: A non-profit organization that provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits. Founded by Laura Quinn.

Linuxchix: Great network of women working in Linux.

NCWIT: The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic
institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in information technology (IT).

National Women of Color Technology Conference – The conference recognizes the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and attracts and
leverages talent in innovative, professional, and technical positions.

NTEN: A member driven organization that aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. It’s lead by Women Who Tech advisory committee member Holly Ross.

ROSE Blog: Rikki’s Open Source Exchange: A blog that highlights women in open source.

Women2.0:  A SF bay area organization that aims to increase the number of young women entrepreneurs by encouraging women to work with and in the field of technology.

WebChick.net: Angela Byron’s blog about working in open source.

Systers: One of the world’s largest email communities of technical women in computing.

Zen and the Art of Non-Profit Technology: Michellen Murrain who spearheads the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative writes this informative blog about the latest issues in non-profit technology.

The Kauffman Foundation: Provides grant making on two areas — educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. They have great studies on the positive impact women CEO’s have on companies.

Astia: Provides dunding, growth, and leadership for women-led companies and women.