Sit With Me is a national advocacy campaign designed to encourage women in technical careers. Sit With Me seeks to raise the visibility of technical women by providing a gathering place for people (women, men, technical, non-technical) to acknowledge the valuable contributions of women in computing.
The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University is asking you to sit in our red chair and share a story about women in computing and technology careers. It could be about you, or a co-worker, a family member, or an experience you have had in school or in your career. We want to know what you think about the important role women play in creating future technology.
By raising the visibility of women’s participation in technology, Sit With Me seeks to attract and retain more women in the field. Although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. Fewer women are choosing technology and computing as a career path, and 56% of technical women leave in the middle of their careers to pursue other jobs.
The Sit With Me campaign was created by members of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a group of corporations, universities, and non-profits that works to increase diversity in technology and computing.
Find the red chair at an upcoming iSchool event: Red Chair Events
Watch Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor talk about the importance of women in technology:
Want to share a story of your own? Contact Dori Farah at email@example.com.