‘Tis the season of gift giving. In that spirit we put together a list of ideas for that special woman in tech in your life.
Give them a membership or make a donation on their behalf to an organization that supports women:
AAUW: aauw.org The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.
Girls In Tech: girlsintech.org Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups. We do that by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. As a result, we offer everything from coding courses to bootcamps to hackathons and startup competitions no matter age or profession.
Girls Who Code: girlswhocode.com Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. GWC believes this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change.
Girl Develop It: girldevelopit.com Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives.
Women In Technology International: witi.com WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other.
Elevate the Career of a Woman in IT
Sign your favorite woman in IT up for one an InspiHER Tech program.
Take Charge is a job search AND job offer readiness program. An online course – 7 sessions over 3 weeks, from resume to offer negotiation. Group coaching to discover clarity about career strategy, and a step-by-step action plan with accountability so you know exactly what steps to take next.
90-minute career coaching session with Laurie to gain guidance and direction on what is the next step.
For the busy Information Technology professional, this is the VIP program where we do the heavy lifting. Think of us as your career search concierge. It starts with a career discovery session, includes 8 1:1 coaching conversations and a success plan that we will implement with you.
Pay For Them to Attend a Tech Conference
Grace Hopper: ghc.anitab.org The AnitaB organization envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build it. Their annual conference, Grace Hopper Celebration, is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. The next conference will be from Oct. 2–4 in Orlando, FL.
Chick Tech: chicktech.org ChickTech is a national organization serving tens of thousands of girls and women every year through tech programs and events. ChickTech is a non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of women and girls pursuing STEM-based careers and retaining women in the technology workforce. ACT-W regional conferences take place around the country throughout the year.
Women in Technology International: witi.com WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. Their Annual Women in Technology Summit will take place June 9-11 in San Jose, California.
The Gift of Gadgets & Great Reads
There are many cool techy gadgets. When thinking about ideas for the tech women in your life you will want to think about smart speakers, ear buds and head phones, touchscreen gloves and laptop sleeves.
Great books on women and women in tech
Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech
by Samantha Walravens & Heather Cabot
Meet the women who haven’t asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it — building the next generation of tech startups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, and rallying women and girls everywhere to join the digital revolution.
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead-My Life Story
by Cecile Richards
Cecile Richards was President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.
Girls Who Code
by Reshma Saujani
Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has been leading the charge to get girls interested in technology and coding. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be.
Female Innovators At Work: Women On Top Of Tech
by Danielle Newnham
This book describes the experiences and successes of female innovators and entrepreneurs in the still largely male-dominated tech-world in twenty candid interviews. It highlights the varied life and career stories that lead these women to the top positions in the technology industry that they are in now.
by Michelle Obama
Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.