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Black Women in Tech Communities

In our society, it is not easy to be a woman. It’s even harder to be a Black woman. We admire Black Women in Tech – you are at a disadvantage but you are doing it. You do it because you love it. You do it to show your kids they can do it too.  And you do it so other women coming up see a strong, powerful example. 

 

Just how high are the barriers? The 2021 Women in the Workforce report found that Black women are promoted to manager less than white women. 25% of Black women report they’ve missed out on at least one opportunity to advance because of their race. These stats are not just for the tech sector, but we know that the trends are similar in the bro-culture of Silicon Valley. 

 

Only 25% of all computer-science related jobs are held by women. Women of color are even less represented in the tech industry. Black and Hispanic women are less likely to be hired for a tech position than their white colleagues. Only 12% of all women in a tech role are black or Latinx. What’s really frightening is that, according to a report by the National Center for Women in Information and Technology, the percentage of women in tech positions has actually gone down since 1991. 

 

For every dollar a white man in the tech industry was paid in 2021, a black woman in the same role made 90 cents, according to a report from the tech job platform Hired. That’s an improvement. In 2019, she would have made 87 cents. Back in 2016, that would have been 79 cents.

 

Why all the bummer stats when we are celebrating Black Women in Tech? We think it’s important that we all know and understand the current state of affairs for our sisters of color so that we can be allies in their struggle to overcome racial and gender inequalities in the tech sector. 

 

One way that Black women and allies have joined together to support each other is through online tech communities.

Let’s review a few of our favorites.

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HireBlack.com started in 2019. The mission was simple, to promote the hiring of Black job seekers. All Black job seekers, not just women. They say the site is a “bridge builder, connecting companies to a diverse group of qualified candidates”. Job seekers can build a profile and search a job board. The jobs are a mixture of entry-level, management, and director positions, located all over the United States. Remote jobs are also available. Companies interested in hiring can also create a profile on the site. That is helpful for job candidates to research potential employers. The site is well organized and easy to navigate. The goal is to develop the largest online diversity job platform. They are well on their way.

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This organization is different than the one above although they share a name and a hashtag. You’ll see the domains are slightly different. The mission is very similar, finding tech jobs and resources for Black women in tech. There is a Slack channel open to members and allies only. The job board is easy to use and has the most search options of all the sites we’ve reviewed. You can also upload your resume for employers to find you. The organization also offers events, training, education, and other career resources.

HBCU CONNECT was founded in 1999 to provide the first online social network for HBCU graduates. Since then, the mission for the website has expanded into providing a platform for networking, professional opportunities, educational opportunities, and connections with organizations that are looking to interact with Black students and professionals. Students will find scholarship opportunities, and job candidates will find a robust job board to search for jobs and post a profile. The site posts thousands of IT and tech jobs. You can also research employers on the site. The search member function might be helpful if you are looking for a mentor. There are also forums to ask questions, groups to join and events to attend. This social platform has a ton of good stuff to review! We think you’ll find support, education, and plenty of job search resources there.

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The name of this community comes from combining the word “tribe” and the Spanish word for work, “trabaja”. The mission is to bring together Black and Latinx people interested in tech and start-up careers. The community works with both genders. They say their job board network has a 78% referral-to-hire rate. Jobs are available remotely or in person. There are more than 100 companies represented on the job board.

Network features such as coaching candidates in their job search, vetting prospective candidates, and matching candidates to opportunities. Members with profiles have access to all of these services as well as a large Slack community, events, workshops, employer research, and more. Join for free just to take some of the General Assembly workshops available online.

When something you need doesn’t exist, what do you do? Innovators like the smart Black tech entrepreneurs behind Black Women Talk Tech, create it themselves! That’s exactly how this conference turned community started. The conference is now the largest conference of Black tech startup professionals. Their mission is now to “help Black women dream big and build the next billion-dollar tech or scalable company.”


Aside from the super-cool conference in June, the site offers an easily searchable job board. Jobs are posted from some of the largest companies in the United States, including Visa, Nationwide Insurance, and Estee Lauder. You do not need to be a member to utilize the job board. Members pay a monthly fee to gain access to benefits like investor matching, virtual coworking, group mentor sessions, events, newsletters, and other resources geared towards assisting entrepreneurs build their start-ups. There is a free student package as well. Check out the website just to read the affirmations and supportive messages on every page of the site. You’ll feel stronger immediately.

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Here’s another community for both Black genders. Blacks in Technology is a “tech-focused community and media organization…dedicated to increasing the representation and participation of Black people in the technology industry.”

There are local chapters all over the United States and internationally. Membership is free. There is quite a list of virtual events to attend. You can also search the very large job board and upload your resume to be matched with jobs. The organization hosts periodic online career fairs as well. This community may be worth sharing with the guys!

Every Black woman in tech is a trailblazer. You show up every day, demonstrate excellence in your work, and make it just a little easier for Black girls coming up behind you. Representation in the tech industry has a long way to go. Because of you, we will get there. And you are not alone. There are communities of sisters and allies to support you with conversation, education, information, and guidance. Lady Bird Talent is just one example. We’d love to see you at an upcoming event or help you land your dream role.



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