Only 17% of those empoyed in the digital sector are female - a figure that has remained static for nearly a decade.
Groups and forums can help create a network to support and inspire your career and personal development. Here's a list of our favourite ones, by the women who work at Reason.
|Creative Mentor Network - set up by two (female) ex-teachers who realised that many young people have no access to those doing jobs they are aiming for, and in classic 'see it, be it' style, created CMN to close that gap.||Tech Talent Charter - businesses are encouraged to sign up to the charter to adopt recruitment and retention practices to create a more diverse tech workforce, setting clear goals and being transparent about results.|
|STEMettes - Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM).||Upfront - this unique organisation's stated aim is to "change confidence" by challenging the status quo in conference speaking, providing a platform (the upfornt couch), training and support to those who are often marginalised from public speaking and appearing in positions of authority.|
|Hexagon UX - Hexagon is a global non-profit organization with a focus on community events and mentorship programs aimed to empower and support womx and non-binary folx in UX.||Ladies that UX - A community of women in UX who support each other, push the UX boundaries, and promote female skill and talent.|
|Bloom - Bloom is a professional network for women in communications. Home of The Booth of Truth, we champion the real voices of women.|
TechWomen100 - annual list of the most influential women in tech. 2020's list will be announced at a ceremony on 23 January.
Pregnant Then Screwed Live - 1 February 2020, London and 15 March 2020, York
Pregnant Then Screwed Live brings together some of the funniest, most inspirational women around to help you rebuild your confidence & navigate the murky world of motherhood and work.
ITA Women in Tech Leadership conference - 24 March 2020, London
Run by the Inclusive Tech Alliance, the conference aims to discuss how we can increase the representation of women in positions of leadership throughout the tech sector and to create a networking platform for those interested in this topic. They encourage delegates all of all genders to attend and contribute.
The Rising Network next event: 10 March 2020, Cambridge
A vibrant network empowering women to reach their true potential. We do this by creating a supportive learning environment online and at face to face events where tools, strategies and techniques can be learnt, enabling women to advance both professionally and personally.
@Tech(k)now - #WomeninTech Events, Conferences, Bootcamps, Scholarships
@AdasList 'Moving women in tech forward. Together.' A digital network of over 7K #womenintech
|@womenoffintech - This group is a place for women in the FinTech industry to come together, start discussions, support one another and network.|
|The Female Lead - The Female Lead is a charity dedicated to showing How Women Shape The World. Founded by Edwina Dunn OBE|
|Girls in Tech, Inc. - Empowerment. Women. Education|
|She Runs It - A non-profit paving the way for more women to lead at every level of marketing, media and tech.|
Ladies, Wine Design was started by Jessica Walsh after writing an article as an initiative to foster women creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups.
The UK's first R Programming community for self-identified women & minority genders! A local chapter of R-Ladies Global (http://rladies.org), R-Ladies London exists to promote gender diversity in the R community, both in the UK and worldwide. Pro-actively inclusive of queer, trans, and all minority identities, with additional sensitivity to intersectional identities (which many lead R-Ladies are) - their priority is to provide a safe community space for anyone identifying as a minority gender who is interested in and/or working with R. As a founding principle, there is no cost or charge to participate in any R-Ladies communities around the world.
BEEqual (Balanced Empowered Equal) provides those who are passionate about technology, want to diversify their workforce, upskill themselves and build great leaders and teams, a place to come together share ideas and hear from story tellers and inspirational ambassadors in tech.
In between the face time they working with thought leaders to bring you regular webinar sessions covering topics around the latest technologies, soft skills and confidence building, gender balance and becoming more inclusive.
React.JS Girls Meetup is for female engineers who want to learn and teach their experience using React. Although the meetup is aimed at women, all genders are welcome. React.JS Girls London Meetup is organised by YLD.
We all know that blockchain technology is capable of providing solutions for many current issues.
These meetups will be informal sessions to discuss blockchain, meet other women, who are currently in the industry or want to get into blockchain start-ups and understand the industry.
This group to meet other Coding Black Females in the UK! Share stories about how we got into the industry, and think about how we can get the next generation of young black women ready for a future career in technology.
Women of Wearables (WoW) is a global organisation that supports and connects women in wearable tech, fashion tech, health tech, IoT and VR/AR. Its mission is to encourage more women and diverse teams to participate in building hardware and software products as designers, product managers and developers or being founders of their own companies, as well as create more jobs for women in STEM.
Following the first WiDS London Conference being held in collaboration with Stanford University in March 2018, WiDS want to continue promoting the diversity in the field. This meet up aims to facilitate the growth of the local community, as well as to celebrate fabulous women in Data Science. WiDS host regular networking events such as socials, workshops, datathons and talk nights.
WiMLDS's mission is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science. WiMLDS creates opportunities for members to engage in technical and professional conversations in a positive, supportive environment by hosting talks by women and gender minority individuals working in data science or machine learning, technical workshops, networking events and hackathons. They are inclusive to anyone who supports the cause regardless of gender identity or technical background. However, in support of the mission, priority for certain events and opportunities will be given to women and gender minority members.
If you know of something that you think should be on this list, give us a shout!