The narrative of Silicon Valley is pretty much the narrative of everywhere else when it comes to people assumed to be working in tech. They are male. They are white. They are of a certain type.
Of course, like all stereotypes, this one is totally wrong. People of all kinds work in tech, and the digital world is, of course, much better for that.
But there is a perception problem, and that can keep talented people away. People who fear they might not fit in, and so don’t pursue a career in tech. So it’s awesome to see the Techies Project:
Techies is a portrait project focused on sharing stories of tech employees in Silicon Valley.
We cover subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative. This includes (but is not limited to) women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc.
The project has two main goals: to show the outside world a more comprehensive picture of people who work in tech, and to bring a bit of attention to folks in the industry whose stories have never been heard, considered or celebrated. We believe storytelling is a powerful tool for social impact and positive change.
Read the original post on Medium.
Learn more – and read the stories – here.