During this year’s Super Bowl, skincare brand Olay partnered with the non-profit organization Girls Who Code for a powerful advertisement inspired by last year’s first all-female spacewalk. The TV spot was part of their #MakeSpaceForWomen campaign to promote better inclusion for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Lack of equal opportunity in STEM is still a very real problem, with women holding only 25% of all coding/computing positions as of 2015.
At Acquia, we’re proud sponsors and advocates of Girls Who Code and other initiatives that encourage more women leaders in tech. Open source projects like Drupal are founded on a belief in the power of community and diverse perspectives. To live up to these ideals, we need to welcome and support underrepresented groups and provide the platforms for women to pursue their goals and share their stories.
This year, to commemorate International Women’s Day, we want to take part in the effort of #EachforEqual. As a global community, we can all do more to help forge a gender-equal world through recognizing bias and promoting the achievement of women across all fields from athletics to education to technical innovation. One of my favorite parts of my role at Acquia has been getting to run our ongoing blog series, “The Women of the Drupal of Community,” which showcases not only each woman’s important contributions to the Drupal world but their unique career paths and the advice they have for future generations of women looking to get involved in technology.
Here are just a few of the powerful insights we’ve heard from women in the Drupal community:
“I think people just need to let others show you what they can do because success is not defined by what you look like or what your body is – it’s about what your mind will let you get done.”
-Lynette Miles, Principal Technical Writer (Team Lead) at Acquia
“For the future generation, it's important for children to have access to classes that teach them programming. Children don't have the same biases that we do. If we can break those biases before they happen, I can see a much more diverse future in the tech industry.”
-Marie Kiryanova, Associate Architect at Third and Grove
“One of the most disappointing moments of my career as a whole was having a department Vice President tell me he felt I’d be a distraction to his male-dominant team of developers. Removing the stigma that technology is a man’s game and bringing awareness to the fact that there are many successful women in technology is the first step to debunking that myth.”
-Beverly Lanning, Technical Architect at Acquia