Inspiring women know Ada’s List is awesome

Oct 10, 2017 · thememo.com

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On Ada Lovelace Day, The Memo invites Anjali Ramachandran to explain why her community Ada’s List needs to exist.

Ada’s List was started by my friends Merici Vinton, Nicki Sprinz, Rosa Birch and myself four years ago on Ada Lovelace Day.

The goal was to create a safe space in the UK for women and non-binary people who identify as women in tech to find support, advice and information on their industry, and to make the tech industry a better place for people like us – inspired by TechLady Mafia, which Merici had co-founded in the US.

The goal was to create a safe space in the UK for women and non-binary people who identify as women in tech to find support, advice and information on their industry, and to make the tech industry a better place for people like us – inspired by TechLady Mafia, which Merici had co-founded in the US.

The need for Ada’s List is borne out by the stats: only 16% of undergraduates on computer science courses in the UK and 17% in the US are female.

But equally important are the realities of the gender pay gap, the lack of mentorship and sponsorship for women at work, unfriendly work environments (often including instances of harassment, which we have seen multiple instances of in Silicon Valley lately), and the lack of women at leadership and board levels.

This means organisations are not diverse, and therefore are less successful and less representative of the population – which is a huge problem for individuals and the economy as a whole.

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