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Women In Tech: The Book alternates teaching career skills with inspiring autobiographies from amazing women in tech!
Women In Tech: The Book alternates teaching career skills with inspiring autobiographies from amazing women in tech!
Women In Tech: The Book alternates teaching career skills with inspiring autobiographies from amazing women in tech!
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Meet The Woman Who's Literally Writing The Book On Women In Tech
Meet The Woman Who's Literally Writing The Book On Women In Tech
This Book About Women in Tech Could Break the Internet
This Book About Women in Tech Could Break the Internet
This Kickstarter will fund ‘Women in Tech’ book, featuring advice from top tech talent
This Kickstarter will fund ‘Women in Tech’ book, featuring advice from top tech talent
A New Kickstarter Funds a Book Aimed at Inspiring Women in Technology
A New Kickstarter Funds a Book Aimed at Inspiring Women in Technology
Kickstarting Women In Tech: The Book
Kickstarting Women In Tech: The Book
LadyCoder Founder Wants ‘Women in Tech’ Book to Stay Positive. So Why the Fear and Anger?
LadyCoder Founder Wants ‘Women in Tech’ Book to Stay Positive. So Why the Fear and Anger?

No one's ever written a book called "Women In Tech." That's a huge oversight that I'm going to fix.

Hi, I’m Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack, and I’m writing the book “Women In Tech" with a host of amazing collaborators! Our goal is a positive message of information and inspiration!

We want to see women succeed in tech, and I certainly don’t believe we should burn the system down. I also don’t believe that there’s a vast conspiracy to keep women out of tech.

We’re all working against an unconscious social bias that tells us that women aren’t a good fit for tech. We will help in a practical way by teaching you what you need to know to get into tech, and interspersing instructional chapters with amazing and inspirational autobiographies by hugely successful women telling you how they overcame their obstacles and what they love about technology as a career field.

We need your help. This is a huge project with a big goal. All of my coauthors are being paid for their contributions. It's not just about writing the book. We'll need to manage interviews, travel, podcasts, guest authors, editors, media, and taxes and accounting.

I’m the CEO of Seattle tech company Fizzmint and I’m an advocate for diversity in tech. I’m a leader, a keynote speaker, an author, a webcaster, a mentor and mentee, a Trekkie, a scientist, poker player, comic nerd, Defcon black badge, and I helped found the world’s largest tech mentorship initiative, Hack The People, which came out of my previous successful kickstarter called LadyCoders. I have run two successful Kickstarters, I’m in a great place to get this book out there, I have the credibility and the reputation needed to bring successful women together for this project, and I have the writing and project management skills to pull off a big book like this one.

 We can only do this with your support! Back us and help us bring this positive, informational, inspiring message to women around the world!

The team!

Keren Elazari, GigaOM Cyber Security Industry Analyst, is writing The Hacker chapter! Keren is a hacker, a TED speaker, an eminent Israeli security researcher, and has been a featured speaker at Defcon and many more!
Keren Elazari, GigaOM Cyber Security Industry Analyst, is writing The Hacker chapter! Keren is a hacker, a TED speaker, an eminent Israeli security researcher, and has been a featured speaker at Defcon and many more!
Brianna Wu, CEO of Giant Spacekat, is writing The Gamer chapter! Brianna is the creator of Revolution 60, a podcaster, an advocate for women in tech, and an outspoken and notable critic of GamerGate.
Brianna Wu, CEO of Giant Spacekat, is writing The Gamer chapter! Brianna is the creator of Revolution 60, a podcaster, an advocate for women in tech, and an outspoken and notable critic of GamerGate.
Angie Chang, co-founder Women2.0 & VP of Strategic Partnerships at Hackbright Academy, is writing The Crusader chapter! Angie cofounded Bay Area Geek Girl Dinners, and is a web designer and Silicon Valley power player.
Angie Chang, co-founder Women2.0 & VP of Strategic Partnerships at Hackbright Academy, is writing The Crusader chapter! Angie cofounded Bay Area Geek Girl Dinners, and is a web designer and Silicon Valley power player.
Kristin Toth Smith, CEO of Code Fellows, is writing The Educator chapter! Kristin has been an executive at Amazon & Zulily, advises many Seattle startups, & holds patents from her work at Dell in supply chain management.
Kristin Toth Smith, CEO of Code Fellows, is writing The Educator chapter! Kristin has been an executive at Amazon & Zulily, advises many Seattle startups, & holds patents from her work at Dell in supply chain management.
Kamilah Taylor, Software Engineer at LinkedIn, is writing the Developer Chapter! Kamilah taught herself mobile on the job and has filed a patent. Previously at Wolfram, she has a MSc in CS/Robotics from UIUC and a BSc in Math+CS from UWI in Jamaica.
Kamilah Taylor, Software Engineer at LinkedIn, is writing the Developer Chapter! Kamilah taught herself mobile on the job and has filed a patent. Previously at Wolfram, she has a MSc in CS/Robotics from UIUC and a BSc in Math+CS from UWI in Jamaica.
Katie Cunningham, O'Reilly tech author, is writing The Parent chapter! Katie serves as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, literally wrote the book on web accessibility, and is an internationally recognized Python developer and lecturer.
Katie Cunningham, O'Reilly tech author, is writing The Parent chapter! Katie serves as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, literally wrote the book on web accessibility, and is an internationally recognized Python developer and lecturer.
Miah Johnson, senior systems and operations engineer at Simple, is writing The Sysadmin chapter! Miah has decades of Unix/Linux experience, is a transwoman and queer, and is the funniest nerd on Twitter.
Miah Johnson, senior systems and operations engineer at Simple, is writing The Sysadmin chapter! Miah has decades of Unix/Linux experience, is a transwoman and queer, and is the funniest nerd on Twitter.

Risks and challenges

There will absolutely be unexpected delays when it comes to editing. These are successful women running companies, and sending edits back and forth is going to take some time. Writing a book like this isn't a problem, but project managing it to completion will be a long endeavor. It's worth it, though!

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