Inspiring Fifty announces its 2018 list of UK women in tech role models

Dec 3, 2018 · computerweekly.com

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The first annual list of UK-based female role models in the technology industry has been announced by Inspiring Fifty UK.

Originally based in the Netherlands, Inspiring Fifty has partnered with London-based accelerateHER to replicate the work it does in Netherlands in the UK for the first time.

The aim of publishing its list of 50 inspiring UK women in tech is to create a record of accessible and visible role models for other women and girls, both inside and outside of the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) industries.

Laura Stebbing, co-CEO of accelerateHER, said: "The critical thing you all know is you have to see it to be it."

Many believe young women do not choose roles in Stem because they cannot see anyone like them in the industry to aspire to be, and girls have previously said they would like to see more encouragement from women in the industry.

More than 300 were nominated for the Inspiring Fifty list, which was whittled down to 50 winners by a panel of twelve judges from the industry.

As well as showcasing role models, the list of 50 inspiring women aims to break down some of the negative stereotypes surrounding the types of people who choose tech roles.

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