“You can’t be what you can’t see.” That’s what Sheryl Sandberg said in a Facebook post about Wogrammer, a project that celebrates women who work in the tech community, highlighting their accomplishments, not just their gender.
Erin Summers and Zainab Ghadiyali, two engineers at Facebook, started Wogrammer because they wanted to see more female engineers/programmers in the media. “There are tons of articles and data about how women are a minority in the software industry, which is a sad reality. The few articles that showcase specific women in tech create an unattainable archetype of a woman that somehow manages to run marathons, raise a family, always looks impeccable, and marginalizes the amazing technology that she built,” Zainab explains.
So, they decided to do something about it, and project Wogrammer was born.
Erin and Zainab interview fellow women engineers and showcase the cutting edge technologies they’ve built. From the high school student teaching herself to code, to the CEO running her business, over the past year, they’ve interviewed more than 50 engineers from Cape Town to Silicon Valley in all types industries.
Wogrammer is always looking for new women to feature on their site. You can nominate yourself or another woman to be interviewed and included in the project here.
“The more voices of real, authentic woman programmers we can share, the greater hopes we have of breaking stereotypes and focusing on what really matters – the technical achievements of women engineers.”