Help Ada's List Help Women in Tech
What is Ada's List?
We started Ada's List 3 years ago with a few women who wanted to help other women in the tech sector in the UK.
Ada’s List today is a global online community of nearly 2500 women (and those who identify as) in technology. We define ‘technology’ very loosely: digital strategists, scientists, designers, physicists, mathematicians, makers, journalists, developers, service designers, sci-fi authors, tech journalists, rocket scientists, online campaigners - if you identify as female and work in a field related to the internet, then you have a community of women who can help you shine.
Women in technology from around the world can join us here.
What have we done to date?
Our members repeatedly tell us how we are making a difference to them: some would not have started their technology businesses but for the support and advice the community provided, some have successfully changed policies in their companies to make them more female-friendly (and dare we say, better for everyone as a whole), many have found the courage to launch freelance careers, lots have found jobs they love or recruited talented women in tech themselves.
In 2015, we ran a survey in the run-up to the UK General Elections about what women in tech felt about policies regarding technology and education. We have been covered in Fortune Magazine, the London Evening Standard and Tech City News, and have been mentioned in the Telegraph and the Guardian, amongst other publications. The community has worked on documents collating tips and advice for making the sector a better place, such as how to write job descriptions that are friendly to women applicants, and what companies should keep in mind when creating maternity policies.
A year ago, we published our Agenda, a collaborative document worked on with volunteers, to a lot of encouragement from the tech community.
Why we need your support
We are proud of what we have achieved so far, with so little. But if we want to make an even bigger impact, we need your help.
Whether you are an existing member, a future member or a supporter from afar (like the companies, organisations and many men who know us and encourage us every day), help us make the technology industry a better place for everyone.
The funds from this campaign will help with:
- Platform software costs for our email community
- Running workshops to skill up the tech sector
- Awards submission costs to highlight the work of women in tech
- Ada’s List annual conference
- Website running costs
- Support staff time
Whatever you can contribute will be put to good use increasing diversity and inclusion in tech.
Sincere thanks from Anjali, Merici, Nicki, Rosa and the Ada’s List team!
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If you’re a woman in tech, come and join us: adaslist.co/join
[Updated] To be extra clear, Ada's List is in the process of registering as a company with a social mission baked in to our governing documents. For grant-making bodies, this makes us eligible to receive donations.
This week we hit £6,600! We’re ecstatic and so grateful to each of you who has dug into your pockets and put your trust in us.
Last week we had a meeting to talk strategy and we have some exciting plans for the year ahead that we can’t wait to share with you later.
But we’ll only achieve our target if the brilliant group of people who have donated share this campaign with their networks. This is how the best crowdfunders smash their targets - it’s a snowball effect of seeing people you know and trust vouch for something, nudging friends and family to chip in too.
So if you are on Facebook, please click this link to share our GoFundMe page on your wall
And tell your friends and family why you donated and why you think they should too.
Thanks for your support,
Anjali and the Ada's List
PS. Let us know if you want to get more involved with our fundraising efforts by emailing KajalnOdedra@gmail.com
First of all THANK YOU.
When we started this fundraiser we had to no idea what to expect. We just knew that we have an incredible community and our plans for 2017 are too exciting not to give this a go.
One week after launching the campaign we have raised just over £5,000!
We are blown away. Thank you, to each one of you, for believing in Ada's List.
Could you please share the campaign on social media to let your friends and family know who you’ve donated to this Christmas?
We know that the best influencers are the people in your own networks. Knowing who our friends are supporting has a big impact on how we behave. So sharing this tweet and Facebook post could have a huge impact in our second round of fundraising!
Here are some suggested posts:
I've donated to @AdasList this Christmas, so that 2017 is about women ruling the tech sector. Will you join me? gofundme.com/adaslist
The tech sector is dominated by men - fact. That’s why I’ve donated to the Ada’s List campaign to create more space for women in tech. gofundme.com/adaslist
Thinking of donating to charity this Christmas? I chose women in tech! Ada’s List has been building a community to give women in tech a voice. Donate to their crowdfunder here: gofundme.com/adaslist
Thanks again for helping us to get this far.
Anjali, Merici, Nicki, Rosa, Kajal and the Ada’s List team
PS: If you’re a woman in STEM and not already an Ada’s List member, what are you waiting for?! Join us here: adaslist.co/join