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 jobs in Pittsburgh’s technology community and ranks very low on the best cities for women in tech to work. Women In Technology Pittsburgh offers a fresh new take on the #womenintech movement and continues to authentically build connections with folks from all ages and industry backgrounds.
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 their accomplishments in comparison to men. 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 events and podcast coming soon! 🙂
*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 Falk is an online tech influencer and front-end software engineer with experience in startup and corporate environments. She is a cybersecurity masters candidate at the George Washington University and a recipient of the the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety Education award. She has also been awarded the RedChairPgh scholarship for leadership as a mid-career woman in IT.
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. 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. Alison is also a member of Women of Sex Tech where she focuses and spreads awareness on the intersection of technology and sexuality. She aims to break taboos around what a programmer “looks like” while also eliminating developer bias through her publication Sex Tech Space. By doing so, she hopes to create a more progressive, diverse, and inclusive tech community as a byproduct.
She has been featured in WIRED, Women of Silicon Valley, Female Tech Leaders, WomenInTech, WiTech, 96Boards, the University of Pittsburgh’s Women In Tech panel, a speaker at Girls in STEM at CISCO, and more.