12 Ways to Crush the Gender Gap in Tech

by Elizabeth Wehner | at MinneBar 11 | 3:45 – 4:35 in Theater | View Schedule

Women Who Code, Girl Develop It, RailsBridge, diversity panels… all of these provide essential resources in supporting women entering tech, but with only 15% women in tech, we clearly need to be doing more. Many people are interested in contributing to the solution, but don’t know what steps they can take. It can be difficult to figure out how to contribute when the problem is so widespread and attitudes are so deeply entrenched.

In this session, I'll present information about the current status of women in tech and talk about my own transition from working as an astronomer to becoming a software engineer at BuzzFeed. I’ll share insights I’ve gained from my work on equity and inclusions in the astrophysics community and will discuss specific ways to help create a more supportive environment in tech.

So join me for a scientific update on the current status of women in tech and some ideas of what you can do. After the talk, we’ll open up for a discussion focusing on positive, concrete ways to be a part of the solution.

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Elizabeth Wehner

Astronomer turned web developer, I now work at BuzzFeed as a full-stack software engineer. When I'm not writing code, I'm either playing board games or giggling with my toddler.