In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, NPR will be sharing stories of women on the rise in the tech sector as well as sponsoring a series of twitter chats. Hosted by Michel Martin of Tell Me More, NPR hopes to lead discussion about why the majority of those represented in Silicon Valley are men and how to encourage women to consider computer science careers. Using the hashtag #NPRWIT, women tech leaders will live-tweet a day in their lives in illustrating what they do. This includes notable women of color such as Christine Celise Johnson (@ChristineCelise) of DiversiTech, NPR technology reporter Elise Hu (@elisewho), Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) of Black Girls Code, Deika Morrison (@deikamorrison) of MDK Consulting, Sabrina Hersi Issa (@beingbrina) of Be Bold Media, and many others.
I am really excited about this series just by looking at the roster of those who will be tweeting. We finally have a program that discusses women in tech in which at least half of those who are participating are of color. NPR made strides in introducing #NPRBlacksInTech last year, a hashtag conversation that is still going strong on twitter. I hope that by these women sharing their stories, more young women will be encouraged to enter the tech industry.
Click the image below to view the whole roster for this month’s scheduled program.