According to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the top 5 barriers experienced by women in tech include lack of mentors, lack of female role models, gender bias in the workplace, unequal growth opportunities, and unequal pay.
WiTech (Women in Tech) is a community organization that was founded by Audrey Pe in 2016 when she was a sophomore in high school. Interested in coding, Audrey sought out to learn to code online and discovered the huge gender gap in the field of tech. From there, Audrey interviewed women in tech from AOL to Stanford and began posting feature articles about them to promote their stories and celebrate their journeys in the male-dominated field. In 2017, WiTech rebranded into a community organization that is hosting the first women in tech conference (WiTCon) for students and by students in order to inspire even more young girls and boys to break gender barriers. WiTech’s mission isn’t just rooted in closing the gender gap, but also in making a difference using technology. The WiTech team prides itself in having female and male students on the team and is opening WiTCon to all genders. This choice is reflective of WiTech’s core values–to inspire, to make a difference, and to empower.
WiTech aims to inspire women from all around the world to pursue careers in tech, and use their abilities to make a difference in society.