Our History

In 1987, computer scientist Anita Borg started a digital community for women in computing. Today, AnitaB.org works with women technologists in over 50 countries, and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Founded by Dr. Anita Borg in 1994 as the Institute for Women and Technology, and renamed in her honor in 2003, AnitaB.org evolved from Anita’s commitment to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women.

“Around the world, women are not full partners in driving the creation of new technology that will define their lives. This is not good for women and not good for the world….Women need to assume their rightful place at the table creating the technology of the future.”

Anita Borg
Founder, Institute for Women and Technology

Anita believed what research has now proven to be true, that organizations that actively include women benefit from increased innovation and better bottom line results. We believe that technology will solve more of the world’s problems when more women are involved in imagining and building it.

To bring more women into technology we connect, inspire, and guide women in computing and organizations that view innovation as a strategic imperative. It all started with connecting women technologists through the Systers community and in 1994, along with Dr. Telle Whitney, Anita founded the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). GHC is now the world’s largest annual gathering of women technologists and has expanded globally with the Grace Hopper Celebration India.

AnitaB.org continues to extend our global outreach to women considering and currently pursuing technical careers in computing through in person and online programs such as our ABIE Awards, AnitaB.org Lean In Circles, and social networks.

AnitaB.org also works with organizations to demonstrate the value of diverse teams that include women.  We connect organizations with the women influencing the future of technology, and help them hone their strategies to develop a workforce for peak performance. We believe that connecting women and organizations has the ability to create positive change.

Join us on our quest to accelerate the pace of global innovation by working to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people who use it.