Press Releases

AnitaB.org Responds to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay, Don’t Say Trans” Bill

SAN MATEO, CA, March 14, 2022 – In response to the Florida Senate passing the “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill (HB 1557), which will now head to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature or veto, Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President & CEO of AnitaB.org had this to say: “We at AnitaB.org – an organization…

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AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson Weighs in on STEM Legislation

AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson was quoted in a press release distributed today regarding legislation to support minority students in STEM fields. Read about this important work and what Brenda had to say about it. Adams, Sewell, Turner, Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Support Minority Students in STEM Fields

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UPDATE: AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson at SXSW

AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson recently participated in the SXSW panel “Still So White: Tackling Diversity in Media & Tech” about the barriers in making diversity and inclusion happen across the media and tech industries, and what everyone needs to do to move DEI forward. UPDATE: Read or listen to Brenda’s Forbes article…

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AnitaB.org + Disney Celebrate Women’s History Month

AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson recently participated in Her Story is Our Story – A Celebration of Women’s History Month, a panel discussion featuring women in technology from across The Walt Disney Company and AnitaB.org!

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WCIU The U in Chicago Shout-out to AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson

AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson received a Shout-Out on “Real Chicagoans,” a weekly half-hour show on WCIU The U in Chicago that shares inspiring stories of people across the city. Real Chicagoans: Episode 16 (AnitaB.org is first mentioned in the 18:15 mark) Click Here to Watch the Episode

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AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson featured on CNBC

AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson was featured on The News with Shepard Smith highlighting the importance of legislation aiming to bring more minorities into the science and technology industries. Click Here to Watch the Segment

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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.