In recent years, the tech industry has finally had to face its deficiencies in inclusivity and equality. Only 25 percent of the computing workforce in the US is women. For women of color, this drops drastically, with just 3 percent of the workforce made up of African American women and 1 percent Latina women.
Byte Back’s students are among the wave of people seeking to change those statistics, and change their lives while they’re at it. In 2017, 58% of seats in our classes were filled by women who gained empowering tech skills at Byte Back.
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Despite innumerable barriers – precarious housing, discrimination, limited education and work experience – our graduates go on to find living-wage careers working with technology that help them provide for themselves and their families. Last year, 63% of those Byte Back alumni who got jobs were women.
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In addition to changing their own lives, these women are contributing to the broader cultural shift in the tech sector. Washington, DC was recently named the nation’s best city for women in tech. Our students gain their tech skills in that environment, benefitting from connections with organizations like DC Web Women – see our students talk about their experience at the 2017 Code(Her) Conference. When they graduate, they join a community of DC women working in tech and help do even more to promote equality and inclusion in the industry.
This International Women’s Day, we urge you to find a way to support women:
- Hire a Byte Back grad or volunteer as a Success Coach
- Visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ and join the #PressforProgress campaign
- Join or support DC organizations for women in tech like Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Lesbians Who Tech