Today is International Women’s Day. As a primarily female team, we like to think we’re flying the flag for women in technology. Leaving Grant, Alex and Nick behind (just for today, sorry) we’d like to celebrate all the great women who inspire us.
Disappointed as we were to discover that International Women’s Day doesn’t entitle us to a day off work, we are still keen to embrace ‘girl power’ from a wires and cables rather than union jack dress perspective.
First on our list is Kathryn Parson, co-founder of Decoded and proof that working with computers and having fantastic hair is in fact possible. She describes herself as an ‘entrepenette’ and is certainly giving the men of silicon roundabout a run for their money. The Decoded course ‘Code in a Day’ promises to teach just that, and represents an ambition to make the world of technology accessible to everyone. Plus, you can tell they’re forward-thinking because the website URL ends in ‘.co’
Belinda Parmer is our next female tech figure, and founder of Lady Geek, a campaigning agency dedicated to changing the way tech and gaming companies speak to women. Sick of the ‘let’s do a pink version’ approach, Lady Geek is promoting a change in attitudes and urging the education sector to encourage more girls to study ICT at A Level and beyond.
Next up is Rhianna (no, not that one). Rhianna Pratchett is the daughter of much-loved author Terry Pratchett, and is also a talented writer, but in a very different field to her father. You may have seen her cropping up in the press recently, promoting the new Tomb Raider game. Rhianna is responsible for scriptwriting the game, along with many others, and is proving that playing video games isn’t just for boys. In fact, 42% of gamers are female. Duh.
Inspirational women don’t have to be real, which is why our next celebrated woman in tech is She-Ra: Princess of Power. We’re pretty sure her Sword had some kind of electrical current in it, which she used along with her inexplicable physical strength to overcome all manner of threats, making her our childhood hero.