Be Visible: The High Visibility Project
As a web designer and developer, not to mention someone who spends a ridiculous amount of time online, I’m pretty keen on technology. I’m also pretty keen on teaching it and reaching out to marginalized groups to learn it, because I think it’s so awesome that everyone should have a part in it.
One of the aspects I often focus on is women in technology. I write about it, speak about it and even run a group that offers programming and web development classes aimed at women. In fact, it was because of that group that I first thought of recording the stories of our teachers and students on video to share with others. Then I expanded the idea to include all women working in technology to share their stories. So I made the High Visbility Project.
What do I want the project to accomplish? Sometimes I feel the discussion about women in STEM fields forgets about the individual women and I wanted all the amazing women I know to tell their individual stories, which rarely follow a normal path. I also think that for young girls or women seeking a field change, hearing the range of stories and learning what challenges other women have faced inspires and builds more confidence than any bottom-down diversity initiative could ever do.
And it would be great to hear as many stories as possible. If you’re a woman working in technology with one to share, please submit!