“Because we live in a world of social constructs; constructs that haven’t been so favorable to women for most of history. And these constructs say that women aren’t good with numbers, technology, or science. That their abilities and even interests lie elsewhere, in industries that are more appropriate for women.
I wanted to create a space where women could exist without these stereotypes. Where they can learn without this pressure to be something - or rather not be something - simply because of who they are. Where they can become the professionals that they are not only capable of becoming but that they truly want to become.”
“Because throughout our history, men have done business with each other. And not just in the sense of economic exchanges but also by creating influential relationships, establishing strong connections, and sharing interests between each other.
“So that we can create our own networks that are more equal and welcome our vision of the world.”
“I wanted to give women the same opportunity. Not so that we become another version of these men, but so that we can create our own networks that are more equal and welcome our vision of the world.”
“Because women are social beings. Our nature is to view the world more holistically, to unite together and feel comfortable collaborating. This is in contrast to the popular belief that women are naturally competitive with each other, something that was developed by a capitalist and patriarchal culture that worked to pin us against each other.
Why? Because we’re stronger together and weaker apart.
I wanted to create more opportunities for women, so that we don’t have to feel obligated to compete against each other. So that we can re-learn that supporting each other is strength and reverting back to constructed versions of women who are competitive and vitriolic towards each other is weakness. So that we can use our holistic visions to better the world: something that our students continuously demonstrate the minute they walk through our doors.”
“They always want to work for companies or projects that have an impact on the larger world.”
“All of them have personal aspirations, of course, but they always want to work for companies or projects that have an impact on the larger world. And I want to make a space where the desire to help the world is not at odds with ambition (something that we’re proud to have as well). Where our goals aren't necessarily motivated by materialism, nor our achievements simply existing for economic gain.”
“Because our society continues to assume that women are inferior. That we’re objects of desire, that we don’t have a voice, and that, if we did, we wouldn’t have anything interesting to share.
And it’s exhausting.
I wanted to build a space where women can go for even a few hours and live in neutral. Where they can unbind themselves from these tiring stereotypes (that despite becoming quite cliche are still as powerful as ever). To have a place that is freeing, empowering, and peaceful.”
“I wanted to build a space where women can go for even a few hours and live in neutral.”
“One could say that we shouldn’t feel this way anymore, that we live in a progressive and modern society. But we’re living under centuries of submission and maintaining social constructs of tight-knit stereotypes. And this makes it really hard. So when someone asks you to get over it or tells you that we’ve already achieved equality (a lie that we do not tell ourselves), then it’s a good reminder that there is still work that needs to be done.”
“Because I wanted to create a community where we can do this work. Because I know that we can’t wait anymore for our time to come; we have to make our own time. And because I have faith that we can achieve all of this when we work together.
And the way I know this for sure? Because the allWomen community is already proving that.
Thanks for being apart of this truly beautiful thing that means so much to us. We appreciate you, and we look forward to another great year of supporting women in entering the tech force!”