In the United States, women make up 57% of the labor force and almost 51% of the population. However, despite these numbers, women only represent 26% of professional computing jobs. And if that statistic isn't sobering enough, these women who already work in tech leave at a rate that is 45% higher than in any other sector. But with organizations like Women Who Code, with hope, these numbers will change for the better.
As an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers, Women Who Code has been trying to build a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers.
'Women Who Code' partners with Blackstone to support technical programming and scholarships
The organization has executed more than 10,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 200,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. And now, thanks to a new partnership, more women can benefit from the enormous knowledge WWCode is sharing.
They recently announced a partnership with Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment firms. This collaboration will support WWCode New York, and the Cloud Track communities, and technical programming, as well as scholarships for attendance of industry events.
Women Who Code currently serves 200,000 members with networks in 70 cities and 20 countries, as well as online track communities focusing on topics such as cloud, blockchain, python, and mobile. They've produced over 10,000 free technical and career training events and enrolled 500 women in their Global Leadership Program who receive training, support, and opportunities to help elevate their careers.
"The power of Women Who Code is that we can effect positive change at the individual, community, industry, and global level," said WWCode CEO and Board Chair Alaina Percival. "It is only through the invaluable support of partners like Blackstone, who show their commitment to that work as well, that we can continue our mission to inspire women to excel in technology careers."
Working with the private sector for progress
Blackstone supports professional success through their annual Future Women Leaders Program, which includes resume writing workshops, skill-building, and networking. Additionally, the Future Women Innovators Program provides software engineers with early exposure to technology and business through interactive information sessions. Through their partnership with Women Who Code, their efforts are amplified through delivering education, community, and support to talented engineers around the world.
"Blackstone is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce," said Colleen Coda - Managing Director, Blackstone Innovations. "As part of our strategy to attract qualified, diverse talent, we are excited to partner with Women Who Code. Blackstone is passionate about providing opportunities to talented individuals, this engagement enables us to broaden our recruiting pipeline and continue to support women in technology."