“Women need to assume their rightful place at the table creating the technology of the future.” —Anita Borg
In 1994, Dr. Anita Borg founded the Institute for Women in Technology to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it. Renamed in her honor in 2003, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) continues her mission to support women technologists and to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Today, on January 17, ABI honors Anita’s birthday and her many contributions to the field of technology. Here are five ways you can celebrate Anita’s vision:
Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African-American women overcame gender and racial barriers to help develop NASA’s space program. The movie is not only inspiring but is a stark contrast to many Hollywood films where women are highly underrepresented. “It is really important for people to see this movie the first weekend because Hollywood makes its decisions on whether they will do other movies like this based on the success of that first weekend,” said the film’s executive producer Mimi Valdes. We hope you’ll go support this film!
2) Nominate Someone for an ABIE Award
The ABIE Awards recognize the success of women technologists and those who support women in tech. These women are dedicated to progress and innovation, and strive to make a positive impact in their field and in their society. Do you know a woman technologist who deserves recognition for her career achievements? Nominate her for an ABIE Award! Nominations open January 25, 2017.
Anita and Dr. Telle Whitney c0-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in 1994 as a way to connect and inspire women in computing. Since then, GHC has become the world’s largest annual gathering of women technologists. Help us make this year’s celebration an enthralling and unforgettable event! Check out our volunteering opportunities for GHC 17.
4) Join ABI.Local
ABI.Local is a network of locally organized communities that bring women technologists together in cities around the world. These communities help women in tech get connected, find new opportunities, and meet their career goals. Find an ABI.Local near you!
5) Join Systers
In 1987, Anita launched Systers, the first online community exclusively for women in computing to share advice and to discuss their careers and struggles. Today, over 6,000 members from over 60 countries have joined this group to connect with and support one another. Join the Systers community today!