This guest blog post is written by Brittany Fong. Brittany founded BFong Data, which specializes in data visualization, design, and user experience. The snow is starting to dissipate and spring is on the horizon. As someone who went to an all-girls school, I’ve learned a lot about what it’s like to be a female in both the past and present.
I’d like to look back on a few of the women who have inspired me and the women who will pave the future.
The women at Bletchley Park
These women are so inspirational because they not only changed history, but they did so while fighting strong biases and doubt about their technical abilities because they were women.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code started in New York City five years ago by Reshma Saujani, who had one goal, “to close the gender gap in technology”. Today there are Girls Who Code clubs all across America, partnering with schools, universities, and companies. Girls Who Code aims to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
The women of the Tableau Community
On International Women’s Day #IWD2018 I was blown away by the women of the Tableau Community. The best part about this group is that it just keeps growing! The latest group of Tableau Public Featured Authors is an example of the ever-growing community. I chose to highlight these groups of women because they inspire me to be courageous, steadfast, and empowering. Two years ago, I started the Washington DC Data + Women Group with Erin Simpler Kellett, Emily Kund, and Julie Kim.
This year we are focused on the next generation of young women and girls. We have and will continue to conduct workshops around the DC metro area that include presentations and hands-on learning about careers in data. The earlier we can expose girls to STEM topics the better. Personally, these women have influenced me to not only work with girls and data, but all girls.
The girls don’t just learn gymnastics tricks, but they learn to be determined and empowered in everything they do.