TLA Black Girls in Tech is launching a e-book stuffed with tales about 51 black ladies within the expertise sector, aimed toward giving younger folks entry to the function fashions they may must encourage them to pursue a tech profession.
As soon as the e-book, The voices within the shadow, is printed, TLA Black Girls in Tech goals to distribute 300 copies of it to colleges within the UK and Eire without cost.
Flavilla Fongang, founding father of TLA Black Girls in Tech, mentioned: “I grew up with out seeing any aspirational black ladies regardless of my mom. Shifting to London, I noticed extra profitable black folks than I ever noticed in Paris.
“My ambition was elevated. We frequently solely imagine in what we see. With out bettering illustration, the much less lucky are sometimes those left with restricted aspiration. So, I made a decision to create this e-book to revive hope. The voices within the shadow illuminates the voices of under-represented proficient black ladies, so we will affect the current and the subsequent generations.’’
An absence of seen and accessible function fashions is commonly cited as a motive why younger ladies don’t select to pursue expertise careers – some women say they don’t select tech topics as a result of they assume they’re “too laborious”, and still have misconceptions concerning the sorts of people that select tech careers as a result of they don’t see different folks like them concerned within the sector.
However as soon as women do give up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, they often regret it later, and young women would like to have more encouragement from women already in the sector.
There is also a lack of diversity in the UK’s tech sector. Research by the BCS recently found that women account for 17% of IT specialists, and about 2% of IT specialists are from a Black, African, Caribbean or Black British background.
TLA Black Women in Tech believes its book is part of the solution to these problems by helping to make young people, and young black women in particular, aware of people like them in the industry and therefore potentially see a future for themselves in tech.
Once the book is launched on 28 October 2021 during the UK’s black history month, TLA Black Women in Tech will distribute copies to 300 schools across the UK and Ireland, which in time should reach more than 120,000 students.
The not-for-profit has also introduced a “pass it on” scheme, which means once a student has read the book, it will be passed on to someone else.
The project also hopes to reach those already in the workplace, as well as those starting their tech career and those who have not yet decided on their career path.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is backing the project, and digital minister Caroline Dinenage said: “It’s important that children know they can do anything in life, and books like The voices in the shadow can help them discover new role models and inspire them to aim for the stars. We are committed to working with the industry to create a more diverse tech sector, which is positive for society, makes good business sense and helps ensure tech works for everyone.”
The voices in the shadow is looking for backing on kickstarter until 10.59am BST on 13 September 2021.