Apple and Women in Information Technology

There was plenty of Apple news yesterday, but the one that lit me up was the announcement that Apple is partnering with the National Center for Women and Information Technology  to help create a broader pipeline of female technology workers.

I’ve been chair of NCWIT since 2006 and have worked closely with Lucy Sanders, the founder and CEO. I’ve learned an amazing amount from her, and NCWIT, about the dynamics around women in information, the challenges we collectively face as an industry, and how to impact it.

While we’ve raised money from lots of different organizations, Apple’s give of about $10 million over four years is the largest corporate gift we’ve received to date. The relationship that Apple and NCWIT have developed over the years is a wonderful example of a large technology organization getting the issue, engaging with it, learning how to impact it, and putting its money where its mouth is.

NCWIT’s goal with this specific funding from Apple is to double the number of four-year-degree recipients supported by NCWIT’s internships, scholarships and other resources, and to reach 10,000 middle school girls over the next few years.

Apple – thank you for your leadership in this area.

Oh – and one more thing. Here’s a photo of this year’s NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award winners. These young women are the future.

NCWIT Aspirations Award
  • Congrats. I hope this fact gets picked up the various news channels and spread wide and far.

  • This is great progress on such a critical issue – getting more women involved in tech.

    Yesterday I met someone that’s working with a young woman that’s interested in coding but hasn’t gotten a GED yet. I suggested Girls Who Code and also mentioned that there’s coding bootcamps in Boston that help with job placement (I’ll also suggest NCWIT as well)

    I admittedly don’t know much about these bootcamp coding programs, but the concept makes a ton of sense. I worked with someone hired right out of UMass and he learned more in 3 weeks of coding with veterans than in his 4 years at school. I love the concept of months of intense learning building actual apps to directly prepare coders for a professional career.

    What if funding could be used with these bootcamps? Maybe part of the cost of the bootcamps could be provided by nonprofits and part of it by employers that would hire the female recipients after successful competition of the program.

  • This is great news – I’m so glad to see NCWIT get more of the resources they deserve. Apple needs to do more, though, to improve their own treatment of and especially promotion of women. I’d like to see some women presenting at their big events!

  • martinsnyder

    Excellent. This is how you achieve victory over jihad, wherever it may be found…

  • Sue