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What’s next for Charlottesville Women in Tech?

Charlottesville Women in Tech (CWIT) was founded in 2015 to provide human connections and resources to women and girls interested in or associated with technology. We’ve hosted around 1,000 people at our more than 75 events, lunches, meet-ups, book clubs, etc. That doesn’t even include the programs for girls that our Tech-Girls program took to local elementary, middle, and high schools. We had to pivot to online events during the pandemic, so some of our popular in-person activities are on hold, but we’ve had some great events online, including the Summit conference last fall. It’s been an awesome five years!


“You’re not supposed to be fearless; all you have to do is be brave.”

- Kai Frazier

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Source: Kai Frazier Portfolio, Kai at U.S. Department of Education

In our first article, Racial Equity in Tech: What’s the Problem?, we identified the current state of the gaps in racial diversity of tech companies, how racism plays a role in these numbers, and how side effects of underrepresentation help maintain the status quo. In our second article, Racial Equity in Tech: The Pioneers, we highlighted that despite Black women making up only 3% of the computing and mathematical workforce in 2019, there are so many Black women throughout history and out there…


Black women contributed a great deal to the STEM fields despite gross underrepresentation in these industries. Thanks to the film Hidden Figures, which highlights the stories of tech pioneers Kathrine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, more conversations surround Black women in tech. However, according to a study by the National Center For Women & Information Technology, Black women made up only 3% of the computing and mathematical workforce in 2019.

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Image description: Bar chart showing percentage of computing occupations held by women in 2015. 25% of women hold computing occupations, but only 5% are held by Asian women, 3% are held by Black women and 1% are Latinx.

Although these numbers are slowly changing, there is much to be done to make these industries more inclusive. In the meantime, there is a new generation of Black women…


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From the #WOCinTech Chat photo series

“Whenever a Black person or group used White people as a standard of measurement and cast another Black person or group as inferior, it was another instance of racism.”

― Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Our vision at Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls is “to bridge the gender gap in tech by providing a safe and welcoming environment for women and girls to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville.” We are well-versed in gender equity issues in tech and we have shared a lot about how we got here…


It was great seeing everyone at this month’s virtual CWIT July meetup — what a turnout! While I’ve led numerous Whole Brain® Thinking sessions in a corporate environment, this was the first time I facilitated for a non-profit, community group. Given that we are already committed to diversity in technology and with the recent diversity dialogues going on in the US right now, it seemed natural to introduce the Whole Brain® Thinking framework in this forum.

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Whole Brain® Thinking from Herrmann International

This framework ties unique thinking preferences and how our brains process information to how we can effectively collaborate and communicate in teams. Whole Brain®…


In response to local and nationwide protests surrounding the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others, we want to make it clear that we stand with the Black community and activists fighting against white supremacy and systemic racism. We stand by the message that Black Lives Matter.

Our vision at Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls is “to bridge the gender gap in tech by providing a safe and welcoming environment for women and girls to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville.” We recognize that racism and the patriarchy are two sides of…


A group of women sitting around a table having a discussion at a tech conference.
A group of women sitting around a table having a discussion at a tech conference.
Photo by Amanda Maglione

Things are uncertain right now–especially if you’re a job-seeker or if you recently lost your job. Don’t lose hope! There are currently lots of companies hiring during this crisis–especially in the tech industry. If you’re just getting started in tech, we’ve got you covered! It’s never too late to switch careers, and we’ve compiled a list of 6 tips to jumpstart your career in tech.

Tip #1

Get active on social media.

Most of us are spending more time online than ever. We recommend getting active on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to share your expertise and network with…


Girls using tech to learn about math, science, technology and engineering
Girls using tech to learn about math, science, technology and engineering
Image Credit: Tech-Girls

It’s no secret that there are not as many women and girls in STEM–that’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More women in these fields positively impact the economy and provide diverse perspectives in problem-solving. These industries are often dominated by men, but how can we accelerate women entering STEM? The answer: by creating new pathways earlier. Taking computer science in college is too late. It’s important to make STEM subjects more accessible to girls sooner. One may ask, “How do you do that?” We have a few ideas. …


We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization for emerging and established professionals that provides connections and resources for women interested in or associated with technology.

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Photo Credit: Malia Dinko Photography

Last November, we hosted a Diversity in Hiring panel to address disparities in the workplace and the importance of diverse workspaces. This event was sponsored by Insight Global; an industry leader for IT, accounting, finance, engineering, government staffing, and managed services. Insight Global has a diversity council whose mission is to promote diversity and talent by fostering an environment that ensures people from all backgrounds have equal opportunities to succeed and grow at Insight Global.

“The…


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#IWD2020 #GenerationEquality

The International Women’s Day is all about raising awareness of issues around gender equality, reflecting on the progress made so far, and committing to act to change the equation. The day first emerged from labor movement activities in the early 1900s in North America and across Europe. The United Nations began officially recognizing the day in 1977.

The theme this year is I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.

“The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can…

Charlottesville Women in Tech

CWIT provides a safe & welcoming environment for women and girls to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville. https://cvillewomen.tech

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