The Women In Tech Show Podcast: Abie Award Series

Celebrating the achievements
of women in tech.

The achievements of our Abie Award winners are nothing less than inspiring, and we want to share their stories with you. Listen to our Abie Award Podcast to learn all about these winners, their personal journeys into tech, and their efforts to support women technologists. Want to learn more about our Abie Awards and how to nominate someone? Click here!

The Abie Awards Podcast Series is a collaboration between AnitaB.org and Edaena Salinas of The Women In Tech Show.

Be sure to also listen to the Women in Tech Show episode Centering Indigenous Women in Tech with Robin Máxkii, where Robin Máxkii discusses growing up in an Indian Reservation and her path to a career in technology. This episode was recorded at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration.

Episode 1: Cryptography with Tal Rabin
Winner of the 2014 Abie Award for Innovation, Tal Rabin discusses cryptography and how it can be used to build protocols and systems that provide privacy and security.

Episode 2: Women in Tech with Mehul Smriti Raje
Winner of the 2017 Student of Vision Abie Award, Mehul Smriti Raje explains how she is addressing the gender gap in tech and encouraging more women to enter the industry.

Episode 3: Space Propulsion with Dr. Natalya Bailey
Dr. Natalya Bailey, CEO and Founder at Accion Systems, is on a mission to accelerate the exploration of space. Learn all about the different types of propulsion technologies and the process of developing a hardware product for space.

Episode 4: AnitaB.org with Kety Esquivel
Kety Esquivel, Vice President Head of Marketing and Communications at AnitaB.org, talks about our mission and the different goals we have to help reach gender equity in the tech industry.

Episode 5: Health Tech with Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam
While in graduate school, Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, winner of the 2019 Social Impact Abie Award, was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her experience with this diagnosis led her to develop a portable cervical cancer screening device.

Episode 6: Natural Language Processing with Dr. Thamar Solorio
Dr. Thamar Solorio, winner of the 2014 Emerging Leader Abie Award, has published several papers on natural language processing. She now serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Houston.

Episode 7: Accessible Technology with Jhillika Kumar

Jhillika Kumar, Winner of the 2019 Student of Vision Abie Award and Creator of Mentra, explains why she and her team built a hiring platform for people with autism.

Episode 8: Anthropology in Tech, and Mass Surveillance with Genevieve Bell

Dr. Genevieve Bell, Winner of 2013 Women Of Vision Abie Award for Leadership, talks about her work in anthropology and technology, and  how technology and mass surveillance are being used to fight COVID-19.

Episode 9: Evolutionary Software Architecture with Rebecca Parsons

Rebecca Parsons, Winner of the 2019 Technical Leadership Abie Award, talks about working in the technology industry for 30 years, the evolution of technology through the years, and how that leads to changes in the way we develop software.

Episode 10: Cyber Crime with Laura Mather

Laura Mather, Cyber Security expert and winner of the 2017 Abie award for Technology Entrepreneurship, talks about her time at eBay fighting cyber criminals in the early 2000s. She also talks about Silver Tail Systems, a company she co-founded in 2008 to build systems that other companies could use to fight cyber criminals.

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.