As Pittsburgh evolves from the City of Steel to a city of technology, women and nonbinary individuals remain highly underrepresented. In fact, studies show that women hold only 25% of the tech jobs in Pittsburgh – some would argue these numbers are even lower. When broken down further on a national level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5% of computing jobs are held by Asian women, 3% are held by Black women, and only 1% held by Latinas. Moreover, Pittsburgh ranks very low on the best cities for women in tech to work and live. We are number 46th to be exact. Women In Technology Pittsburgh (or WIT PGH for short) offers a fresh new take on the #womenintech movement and continues to authentically build connections with folks from all ages and industry backgrounds in order to create and retain a pipeline of strong talent.
Our mission is built on the concept of industry structure having the ability to be shaped and molded rather than given with imposed constraints. With the content & resources WIT PGH provides, we aim to mold the Pittsburgh tech industry into something more inclusive and welcoming.
How we began:
WIT PGH started as a humble platform to highlight the amazing women in Pittsburgh’s tech scene and their accomplishments. This was based on research showing that women tend to shy away from speaking up about the great stuff they’ve achieved. They also attempt to give away credit for the things they’ve done by using the word “we” instead of “I”, or by initially criticizing their skills before stating what they do well. Today it has grown to host a job board, with unique events and a podcast currently in the works! 🙂
*This platform is for anyone who identifies as she/they. Please remember to respect the pronouns of others and to not judge based off of appearance or names used 🙂 Thanks!
About the founder:
Alison is the founder of Women In Technology Pittsburgh (WIT PGH) as well as the founder of the first digital magazine on the intersection and disruption of tech and human sexuality in order to help create new solutions and innovative approaches to real world problems such as human trafficking, women’s sexual health, sexual violence, etc.
She is a front-end software engineer with experience in startup and corporate environments and holds a master’s degree in brand management. She is also a cybersecurity master’s candidate at the George Washington University and a recipient of the the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety Education award. Alison has been awarded the RedChairPgh scholarship for leadership as a mid-career woman in IT and has been featured in WIRED, Women of Silicon Valley, WomenInTech, Female Tech Leaders, 96Boards, the University of Pittsburgh’s Women In Tech panel, a speaker at Girls in STEM at CISCO, and more.
Her goal with the WIT PGH platform is to showcase the large spectrum of technology and all the different segments in which individuals can contribute while creating a dynamic pipeline of talent for the Pittsburgh community. She is passionate about giving those who identify as women a platform to openly celebrate their contributions to STEM and inspire those who have a desire to enter the field. She aims to break stereotypes about what someone in tech “looks like” while helping women and non-binary individuals advance their careers through creative strategies.