We facilitate hands-on technology-centric events and programs to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls. Through our events, we build community, empower participants to see themselves as leaders, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high tech industry.
We envision a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. We are dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
Interested in learning more about our culture? We created a community-led “ChickTech manifesto”! Check it out and see if this is the community you’ve been looking for.
Sometimes we get the question “Why did you choose to use the word ‘chick’? Like many in this generation, we are reclaiming the word “chick”. As women, we have the right to call ourselves by whatever label we want–whether that’s “girls”, “women”, “female”, or “chick”. We’ve seen many instances of people taking back words that are used when women are demonstrating more traditionally masculine words, which we love and support. However, we’ve found that when women choose to reclaim and use a word (or color) that is more feminine, this continues to be viewed negatively by our society. At ChickTech, we believe that as a woman, you can be whoever you want to be…including a feminine woman…and still be technical. We feel that when women and girls do not have the power to call themselves what they want, they are being disempowered and forced to fit stereotypes of who can be taken seriously and who can’t.
We will continue to take back the word “chick” by empowering and supporting powerful, confident, and creative women and girls!
Another question that we are often asked is around the color pink. We are often told that girls don’t have to like pink, which we absolutely agree on! However, we feel it’s also okay when girls *do* like pink. In our society, things that are feminine are often been viewed as “less than”–whether that’s girls and women who enjoy wearing makeup and dressing up, or Barbies and playing with dolls, or choosing a “helping” profession such as nursing. The color pink, along with the brown and teal that are also in our logo, were chosen by women in the technology field as the set of colors that made them most happy. We believe that no-one has the right to tell these women, and the women who enjoy our colors, that they are not allowed to like a particular color that makes them happy…or that by liking one particular color, they are “less than”.
ChickTech stands up for all women’s right to choose who they will be, what they like, and how they represent themselves. And although we are sure not everyone who joins ChickTech will like pink, we hope that they agree with that statement!