15: Bringing Geeky Back with Leslie Fishlock (Geek Girls)
Did you know that there were more women in tech fields in the 1970’s and 1980’s than today? If your eyebrows just crinkled into a weird position you’re skeptically reading this, then I’m with you.
But it’s true. Turns out that many early tech positions fell to receptionists or secretaries. These women were some of the early tech pioneers in a sense.
Fast forward to today and the rates on women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are pretty dismal. Some of the powerhouses like Google, Facebook and Twitter only employ 10-20% of their women employees in tech positions. While at first glance it might not seem like a big ordeal, these jobs tend to be more secure and have higher salaries.
Luckily we have Leslie Fishlock, founder of Geek Girls, breaking down tech barriers and making it sexy for women of all ages. Well, at least making it cool and a little easier to understand. A line of code being sexy is a stretch (unless you happen to wear a codable bracelet).
Listen in to hear all the cool things that Geek Girls is doing in the STEM space:
Anything from Yoda. Specifically, “Do. Or do not do. There is no try.”
Companies and Influencers mentioned:
- Ada Lovelace (First Female Programmer)
- Hedi Lamarr (Invention of Spread Spectrum Technology)
- Admiral Grace Hoper (Pioneering Computer Programmer)
- Makeda Ricketts (Tech Startup Founder)
- iBesties (Modern Dolls for Modern Girls)
- Roominate (Building Toy for Girls)
- GoldieBlox (Engineering Toy for Girls)
- New Relic (Software Analytic Tool)
Connect with Geek Girls
I highly recommend following @GeekGirlCamp for a snarky and down right hilarious feed. Here’s a sample post (although I was SO tempted to post their Star Wars posts to celebrate my inner geek).