In 1995, tech visionary Anita Borg issued a challenge: to create a technical workforce made up of 50 percent women by the year 2020. When Anita issued this challenge, 37% of computer scientists in the U.S. were female. But today, we're looking at a very different workforce — one that is struggling to recover from a steep drop in gender diversity over the past 20 years.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, founder of the original Computer Science for All initiative, will lead the foremost organization for women technologists.
When Valerie Taylor created Systers-of-Color in 1994, she set in motion a series of empowering changes for underrepresented technologists.
Robin Jeffries was reluctant to join Systers, fearing she might not be welcomed. But she ended up serving as Systers Keeper for 12 years.
In 1992, Telle Whitney and Anita Borg planned a gathering of women technologists. Today, the Grace Hopper Celebration hosts tens of thousands every year.