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Support latest Tech Girls movement & get more girls inspired by technology. Building on the success of techgirlsarechic.org.
Support latest Tech Girls movement & get more girls inspired by technology. Building on the success of techgirlsarechic.org.
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I'm writing this book because I want to inspire more girls into technology careers. There are countless 'famous' women who have inspired me like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamar and Anita Borg. But there countless more 'less famous' women in tech who inspire me daily, these are my lecturers, my colleagues, my students and my friends. I want to share the tech lives of some of these fabulous women with the world, to show that IT jobs are awesome and are not just for boys. 

Why superheroes? 

I heard Kelly Sue Deconnick present at the Brisbane Writers Festival this year and she talked about how powerful her superhero character has been in empowering people (read here) - incredibly inspiring. I also wanted to move on from the chic image presented in the first book to create a more diverse concept of the Tech Girl - creating contemporary characters that young girls can relate to. So each girl profiled will present her dual identity - her daily tech life and her secret 'super' identity.

Where does my $ go?

Your $ will support the development of the new Tech Girls Are Superheroes book (hard copy and e-book) which will be launched on the 8th of March 2014. All funds go towards the compilation, design, printing and distribution of the hard copy "pink" book - put together by talented and hard-working 'tech' girls! Contributions also help us distribute the e-book, which is the next in the Tech Girls series. Books are distributed free to Australian school girls.

For more info go to: www.techgirlsaresuperheroes.org

Background

It is well-known that women are significantly underrepresented in IT, science and engineering despite strong evidence that diverse teams make better decisions which in turn means better technology for all of us. 

I’m passionate about breaking through the stereotype that IT careers are for geeky boys! I know that we can create better technology for everyone if we are able to encourage more diversity in the workforce that creates it. The goal with this book is to again challenge stereotypes of the typical IT nerd and create new positive contemporary archetypes that young girls can relate to.

You may have seen the pink book TGAC which was launched in 2008 based on funds donated from organisations. $35k was raised which enabled 20k books to be distributed, most of them free to Australian school girls. And there has been such a positive reaction! 

The new book in the Tech Girls series will build upon the success of the pink book and will be launched on IWD2014 (8.3.14), six years exactly since the launch of Tech Girls are Chic! It is exciting to again profile a bunch of fun and talented Tech Girls’s who are great role models and lead fascinating tech lives.

Once the book is launched, we are hoping to extend the concept into games, apps, social media, school visits, radio broadcasts with tech experts and a whole lot more. 

But I need your help, so I’m inviting you to pledge your funds today to help make a difference to the future of society and to join the Tech Girls fun! Every donation helps – no matter how big or small – and of course you will receive your own Pink Book in addition to what you pledge. Thanks! :)

www.techgirlsarechic.org

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The biggest challenge is getting access to schools to present the initiative and distribute the books on a large scale. Any contacts who can help with this appreciated :)

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    We will dedicate a graphic novel to you and write the story around a cause that is close to your heart. Join the fun and help us inspire others :)

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    Sponsor an episode of our online weekly radio tech show. I will personally thank your organisation during the podcast for being a supporter of women in tech, and you will be credited on the website as a sponsor.

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