Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international non-profit that empowers career aged professionals to achieve success in technology. They do this through a series of over 60 Networks around the world which host technical talks, study groups, hackathons, and other career development and social events. Their latest initiative is a Job Board that is designed to cater to the specific needs of engineers, while eliminating some common mistakes that can make female coders less likely to consider a position.
The Job Board was built using feedback from over two years of connecting members of the Women Who Code community with top tech companies. It has a minimalist design that makes it easy to casually browse available positions, as tech professionals are highly sought after and will often consider opportunities even when they aren’t actively seeking new employment. It also limits the requirements that employers can post, as women are more likely to dismiss a job if they don’t have all of the listed prerequisites, despite the fact that they can often be learned after they are hired.
There are three tiers available to employers depending on their needs and budget. The first allows a simple post on the Job Board for one month. The second includes that, as well as a mention in the organization’s CODE Review Newsletter, which goes out every Wednesday afternoon to over 30,000 tech professionals. The third tier includes all of the above, but also allows the company to sponsor the CODE Review, with a featured banner logo and link to their site or employment page.
Women Who Code was formed as a Meetup Group in 2011. It was awarded 501(c)3 status in November of 2013, and today it boasts a membership of over 50,000 tech professionals in 20 countries and 60 cities around the world. They’ve executed over 2,000 free events, and given away more than $1,000,000 in conference tickets and scholarships in the past two years. It is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is run by WWCode CEO and Board Chair Alaina Percival, and WWCode Chief Maker Zassmin Montes de Oca.
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