In a male dominated tech field the Lesbians Who Tech’s Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship is trying to change that. The scholarship will fund 12 or more queer-identified women to attend the coding school of their choice.
Vanessa Newman of Lesbians Who Tech told The Huffington Post:
“Imagine what apps and software would look like if they were made by women, queer women, women of color. Imagine how integrating that kind of inclusivity into [tech] would create a more inclusive, accessible society and tech industry for all of us. That’s why being able to fund and provide this type of opportunity for queer women to attend coding school is so important, if not vital. We literally have the power to change the face of tech, if we can lift each other up, over the privileges and barriers to entry that come with learning the essential skills.”
About the project
Why The World Would Be A Little Bit Better With Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund:
How much more diverse Silicon Valley would be, if every startup had one queer woman coder on their team.
How much more inclusive everyday apps would be, If they were built by LGBTQ women and women of color.
How much more powerful the tech workforce would be, if women made up 50%, not 20%.
How much more influential women would be, if we made up 50% of tech start ups, not 5%.
We want to invest in creating this future, imagined.
And we want to start by providing queer women with coding scholarships, through the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund.
Lesbians Who Tech said: ‘We chose to name the coding scholarship fund after Edie Windsor for her work fighting against DOMA and being a technical leader and computer programming pioneer, especially as an out woman and member of the LGBTQ community. “