Q&A with Ruth James after her presentation, Increasing the Sisterhood in Tech – A Call to Action to the Village, from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, this is my call to the global village to increase the number of women entering the technology sector. I will share some of the fundamentals I’ve learnt over my time in tech outreach to encourage more girls into tech:
- Showcasing what it really looks like to work in tech.
- Championing girls into tech.
- Connecting with opportunities locally and online.
- Building confidence in young women so they may continue to stay curious about tech.
The links mentioned by Ruth are:
At 21, I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration (which I’ve never used). At 29, I moved from the UK to NZ – this is when I first experienced working in tech (as a receptionist!) At 37, I’d finally discovered what I wanted to do when I grew up – Tech Outreach! I originally started volunteering with not-for-profits and charities working in this space. I now work at Xero as a Tech Outreach & Engage Coordinator.