She's In CTRL, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Recommended Read: She's In CTRL | Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

She’s In CTRL - Anne Marie Imafidon

In She’s In CTRL Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, a dynamic advocate for women in STEM, insists that technology is not an unchangeable and unquestionable force.

It is not the preserve of the elite. It is in our homes and in our hands. Rather than feeling powerless to make changes to the way tech works and fails, she argues that it’s time to get into the room where the decisions are made. Or, better yet, create our own tech rooms. This powerful book about women, tech and daring to dream takes inspiration from Dr Imafidon’s own experience and from the stories of other pioneers and innovators who have, against the odds, transformed technology. She’s In CTRL is an inspirational narrative about how women must play a part in ensuring a future that’s evenly distributed.

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Anne-Marie Imafidon circleAbout Anne-Marie

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is a keynote speaker, presenter, and co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes. Voted the most influential woman in tech in the UK of 2020 by Computer Weekly and featured among the top 10 BAME leaders in tech by The Financial Times.

A recognised and respected thought-leader in the tech space and trustee at the Institute for the Future of Work, Anne-Marie has spoken across the globe for some of the world’s biggest digital companies and conferences, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, Mercedes Benz, Fujitsu and Mastercard.

Anne-Marie is the temporary Arithmetician on Countdown, the world’s longest running gameshow. She also hosts the highly popular Women Tech Charge podcast for the Evening Standard, and is a sought-after presenter and conference facilitator, conducting live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey and Sir Lewis Hamilton. Her first book She’s In CTRL is to be published by Transworld in September 2022

Anne-Marie has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University, Bristol University and Coventry University, and in June of 2017 was made an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. She sits on the Board of Durham University’s Computer Science Department, which, in recognition of her work as Head Stemette, offers a scholarship to young women in her name. In 2019 she became a visiting professor for Sunderland University. She is on the board of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Music and Sport’s Digital Skills Partnership, the British Library Advisory Council, the Research England Council and is a trustee at the Urban Development Music Foundation and the Women of the World Foundation.

Meet Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon at the Level Up Summit on 06 December!

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes & Author of She’s In CTRL, is just one of our amazing speakers at our upcoming summit on 06 December. Anne-Marie will sharing stories from her book, including how she founded the amazing tech organisation Stemettes, why she believes women need to take back tech, the importance of role models and her top tips for for a successful technology career, and much more.

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Grab your copy of Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon's new book, She's In CTRL, now!

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Grab your copy of Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE’s new book, She’s In CTRL – out today!

She’s In CTRL - Anne Marie ImafidonShe’s In CTRL is an inspirational exploration of why women are under-represented in tech, why it matters, and what we can do about it.

The tech world might feel beyond reach, particularly if you’re a woman. With increasingly frank admission women are woefully under-represented in tech – roughly a mere quarter of the UK STEM workforce – the dangerous fact is clear our technology is the product of a series of big decisions made by a small number of people, mainly men. Our lives have gone digital, but our technology risks being tailored to a section of society whose lived experience may be far from our own.

In She’s In CTRL, computer scientist Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, a dynamic advocate for women in STEM, calls time on women being cut out of the tech story. Technology is not an unchangeable force, nor the preserve of the elite, she argues. It is in our homes and in our hands. In her powerful book about women, tech and daring to dream, Dr Imafidon shows we have more agency than we think, drawing on her own experience and the stories of other pioneers and innovators who have, against the odds, transformed technology.

The world needs more women in tech and, in her inspiring narrative, Dr Imafidon shows not only why this is but how we can all play our part in ensuring a future that’s evenly distributed.

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Meet Anne-Marie at our Level Up Summit on 06 December

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder, Stemettes & Author of She’s In CTRL, is just one of our amazing speakers at our upcoming summit on 06 December. Anne-Marie will sharing stories from her book, including how she founded the amazing tech organisation Stemettes, why she believes women need to take back tech, the importance of role models and her top tips for for a successful technology career, and much more.

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Don’t miss our Level Up Summit on 06 December, where we’re tackling the barriers for women in tech head on. Join us for keynotes, panels, Q&A’s & breakout sessions on finance, people management, negotiation, influencing skills, confidence building, building internal networks, maximising the power of mentorship, and much more. 

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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT publish new practical guide to increasing gender diversity and inclusion

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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, have published a new book giving practical advice on increasing gender diversity and inclusion.

Women in Tech, by Gillian Arnold, Hannah Dee, Clem Herman, Sharon Moore, Andrea Palmer and Shilpa Shah, also acknowledges that the technology industry is not diverse and gender inclusive.

The book tackles the gender imbalance in technology professions offers expertise, initiatives and true stories to support those wishing to bring greater gender diversity into the workplace. It aims to inform regarding background, theory and policy; advise on concrete actions that can be undertaken, and to be an exemplar for companies, organisations, establishments and campaigns in the form of real-world case studies.

Women in Tech: A practical guide to increasing gender diversity and inclusion | Gillian Arnold, Hannah Dee, Clem Herman, Sharon Moore, Andrea Palmer, Shilpa Shah

It has long been recognised that the technology industry is not diverse and gender inclusive. In the UK, the proportion of women in technology roles has remained stubbornly beneath 20% for the last twenty years. With this book we hope to help address that. This guide to tackling the gender imbalance in technology professions offers expertise, initiatives and true stories to support those wishing to bring greater gender diversity into the workplace. It aims to inform regarding background, theory and policy; advise on concrete actions that can be undertaken, and to be an exemplar for companies, organisations, establishments and campaigns in the form of real-world case studies.

WeAreTechWomen has a 30% discount on the book by ordering through the BCS link and using the discount code SHAH. Valid until 31st August

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Gillian ArnoldSpeaking about the new book, Gillian Arnold, Editor, said,  “There is a real skills-based need to act now in the industry and the technical professions.”

“In the UK, the proportion of women in technology roles has remained stubbornly beneath 20% for the last twenty years.”

“Women have also been the ones to take on the majority of the caring responsibilities during the COVID-19 lockdowns, and consequently their jobs and prospects have suffered.”

“This book lays out some of the sound business reasons that organisations can use to ensure that their whole workforce, from executives through coders, tech specialists and design engineers, recognises and upholds the benefits of diversity and inclusion.”

“It also looks at the support and encouragement available to girls and young women who want to pursue a technical career and outlines the work that is being done on this in schools, universities and colleges, and at a nationwide level.”

“It focuses on the steps required to establish projects to attract and retain women in the technology workforce, and drill down into specific activities for both areas.”

“We look at the biases that have led careers in technology to be discounted for women and how we can counter these.”

“And we offer sound and pragmatic ways to set up a project to increase the numbers of women in technology in workplaces and institutions.”

kay hussainKay Hussain, CEO, Women Into Science and Engineering (WISE) added, “This book is a positive step forward for gender diversity and looks forward to practically supporting the reader to improve gender balance in their organisation.”

“With WISE Ten Steps™ we have a recommended and practical programme that is proven to be impactful.”

“Together we all can successfully address the challenge and thereby benefit individuals, families, communities and the country.”

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World Book Day, recommended tech reads

Celebrate this World Book Day with these recommended reads

World Book Day, recommended tech reads

Today marks World Book Day and across the UK, children will be dressing up as their favourite characters from books.

World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading.

The initiative, created by UNESCO, is marked in more than 100 countries around the globe and aims to celebrate books and reading, particularly among children.

Here at WeAreTechWomen, we've put together some of our recommended reads to celebrate World Book Day. These books cover career advice, women in the workplace, women in history and many more.


Invisible WomenInvisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men | Caroline Criado Perez

Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47 per cent more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued.

If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.

Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

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Saving Bletchley ParkSaving Bletchley Park: How #socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers | Dr Sue Black with Stevyn Colgan

There have been many histories of Bletchley Park and the heroic work of Alan Turing and the code-breakers, work so important that it changed the course of the Second World War, shortening it by two years. This book tells a different story, of how this intensely iconic historical site was saved using the power of social media and the very computing technology that was born here. When Dr Sue Black first visited Bletchley in 2004, her preconception was that it had been run by a small group of tweed-jacketed, pipe-smoking men. To her surprise she discovered that ten thousand people worked there during the war, that half of them were women, and that most were in their late teens and twenties. As a woman in computer science herself, she was hugely inspired by their stories. When she discovered that Bletchley was under threat of closure due to lack of funding, she set about a campaign to transform it into the heritage site it deserved to be. Harnessing the pride and inside knowledge of the surviving code-breakers, the power of Twitter, plus the reach of the modern broadcast and online media, Sue Black's campaign brought together thousands of supporters, from all walks of life, from celebrity supporters like Stephen Fry to the veterans, enthusiasts and computer geeks who offered their time and passion to save this extraordinary place.

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Female Innovators at WorkFemale innovators at work: women on top of tech | Danielle Newnham

This book describes the experiences and successes of female innovators and entrepreneurs in the still largely male-dominated tech-world in twenty candid interviews. It highlights the varied life and career stories that lead these women to the top positions in the technology industry that they are in now.

Interviewees include CEOs, founders, and inventors from a wide spectrum of tech organizations across sectors as varied as mobile technology, e-commerce, online education, and video games. Interviewer Danielle Newnham, a mobile startup and e-commerce entrepreneur herself as well as an online community organizer, presents the insights, instructive anecdotes, and advice shared with her in the interviews, including stories about raising capital for one’s start-up, and about the obstacles these women encountered and how they overcame them.

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Innovating WomenInnovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology | Vivek Wadhwa & Farai Chideya

Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only 14 per cent of engineers in the United States are women. They take the seeds of technological advancement and build something life-changing, potentially life-saving. The future of technology depends on the full and active participation of women and men working together, and it is vital that women are both educated and encouraged to go into the tech sectors.

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Alpha GirlsAlpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime | Julian Guthrie

Silicon Valley has long been at the forefront of innovation, but it is renowned for its archaic sexist culture. Alpha Girls is the unforgettable story how a group of talented women achieved success in a tech world run by 'bro-grammers' through sheer grit and determination. Despite the instrumental role they played in building some of the foremost companies of our time, these women have been written out of history - until now. In Alpha Girls, award-winning writer Julian Guthrie reveals their untold stories.

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