Mona Chalabi is an illustrator and contributing Data Editor at The Guardian (what a combo!) who uses Instagram as a platform to showcase her illustrations that that communicate the statistics behind social injustice.
From the intersectional intricacies of the gender pay gap, to the most common side effects of the contraceptive pill and the frequency of sexual harassment reporting by women, her work is as aesthetically pleasing as it is emotionally impactful.
In need of some STEM-spiration? Women in tech may have it harder but they’re not afraid to share their stories and inspire others on social. From AI to UI and dating apps to data, here’s a roundup of our fave digi divas to follow this March:
“Reverse hacker” Jane Wong is our go-to girl for algorithm updates and sneak previews into what’s next for app development
Imperial College physics postdoc and Wiki clicktivist Jess Wade writes Wikipedia pages for women in tech and science to re-address the media imbalance for women in STEM sectors.
Leader of the AI revolution, Tabitha Goldstaub is both chair of the UK Government’s AI Council and founder of tech-festival Cognition X – making her the go-to girl for anything artificially intelligent.
Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Heard is worth following for her book recommendations, empowering slogans, and amazing accessories co-ordination.
Tech queen Martha Lane Fox CBE is founder of the responsible tech think tank Dot Everyone,‘fighting for a fairer internet and building a movement for responsible technology.’ Follow her for updates on UK tech initiatives and the debate around digital ethics. Oh, and did we mention she’s on the board of Twitter?
Female-friendly tech is an exciting industry with the dawn of a new era of digital design which puts women’s needs at the forefront.
One of our fave innovations is MoodyMonth, an amazing app (with an all-female team) that works to help you hack your moods. “Our all-female team set out to make a product for and by women because of the lack of tech or product understanding or innovation for women,” they told us. Moody Month founder Amy said, “the future possibilities for technology built by women to support women are endless, as these issues – from periods to breast pumping – have been ignored by a very male dominated environment.”
Tracking how you feel both inside and out, the app combines input data with the weather and your hormone cycles (period and sleep) to help you work around your down days and power up your prime ones. Connecting mind, body, mental health and monthly cycles, it’s the ultimate app for self-optimisation – upgrade your internal operating system via the app store today!
Women have been blocked from the tech narrative since Charles Babbage took credit for Ada Lovelace’s work on the first ever computer back in 1837. But it’s 2019 and the playing field is slowly being levelled – here are our fave initiatives to get you involved:
CodeFirst: Girls is an amazing (free!) initiative that will get you HTML fluent in no time, whilst DevelopHer is a meetup and networking event for girls in tech.
Need some conversation to accompany your commute? Stemette founder Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE has just launched a Women Tech Charge podcast and we can’t wait to tune in1
Start your coding life today… Can you translate this?
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Yep, you guessed it: Happy International Women’s Day!
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