Oh, Instagram, you who give so much, how can I possibly find my way in your world?
How will I know when I have found my tribe?
Is my tribe even on Instagram? All I can see are kittens and memes!
Don’t get me wrong; I love the kittens!
But this was how I felt when I started learning to code.
However, I didn’t stay feeling that way for long.
Pretty soon I had not only found my tribe, in the form of some incredible women in tech, but I was feeling fully embraced by them and the community.
If you feel like you need a bit of a pick me up. If you’re looking for some inspiration, let me introduce you to 9 of my favorite inspirational women in tech, on Instagram.
Please note all images used are taken from the Instagram feeds of each person
- Who she is: Runs theyogicoder account. She is an entrepreneur, yogi, techie, and all-around positive influence.
- Why she inspires me: She’s always so positive and encouraging! When I had the good fortune to get to know her a little through Instagram, she helped me find my voice. Now I feel like I can more openly talk on my blog about wellbeing in tech which is super important to me.
- In her own words: I spoke to Alex asking what she would want you to know and she said: ‘This is relevant for me right now, There are not “easy” paths to success, everything that is truly valuable will require effort, hard work, and commitment!’
- Who she is: Runs the falkyou, womenintechpgh and sextechspace accounts. She is an advocate for women and diversity in tech, fighting taboos and showing off her great sense of humor in stories.
- Why she inspires me: I love seeing how Alison is opening up the conversation with her publication Sex Tech Space. I think it’s so important and so rarely talked about that it’s fantastic to see someone pushing it into the mainstream.
- In her own words: I asked Alison about why she loves working in tech and the future of Sex Tech Space, she said ‘ My favorite thing about working in technology is the continuous spectrum of opportunities it affords you.
You can change the trajectory of an industry by disrupting it with tech innovation.
My mission is to do just that with Sex Tech Space. I want to change how we talk about sex or at least use technology to create a dialogue around it. Most importantly right now though is that the segment of sextech itself is still seen as taboo. So with my publication, I hope people can learn more about it in order to remove the stigma, eliminate developer bias, and hopefully bring more diverse talent into the environment for people who may not be aware that it even exists!
- Who she is: Berger is a techie, student, mentor, teacher, advocate, and all-around boss! She’s even seen Michelle Obama speak – I am super jel, but she deserves all her success! She runs bergerwithasideofcode
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by what she does, especially highlighting issues relating to diversity and inclusion as well as calling out things that are wrong with the system! She also does incredible code song lyrics.
- Who she is: Marie is one of those people you can’t help but look up to. She is a software engineering student who also runs the blog Girls Know Tech and a YouTube channel. She is one of the most helpful people I have met through Instagram.
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by how hard she works on her studies but also the way you share this with the world! She’s awesome!
- In her own words: I asked Marie about her favorite things about working in tech, and she said: ‘I just love being able to sit in front of a computer, such a small device, and make so many wonderful things happen with just a bit of time and brain!’ I also asked what the best thing she’d learned this year was, ‘Wow. HUGE question again. I don’t remember what I learned last month… but you know… haha! Let’s say what I learned this month that I found interesting is that a neural network that takes text-based input can learn private attributes about the input, for example, the gender/ age/race of the author. It blew my mind this month, especially as I am involved to get more women in tech.’ <3
- Who she is: She used to work at Google and now runs the ever popular Coding Blonde YouTube channel and Instagram. Masha interviews incredible women from all different roles in tech to help people getting into the industry as well as providing inspiration for those already working in tech.
- Why she inspires me: I love all the different interviews she does and how she is shaping her feed to educate people on tech!
- In her own words: I asked Masha about her mission and why it’s so important to her – here’s what she had to say: My mission with Coding Blonde is to empower Women in Tech by creating fun and accessible content – and showing that everybody has a place in this wonderful industry.
- Why am I focusing on women? Because historically they’ve had so many obstacles along the way, and yet they’ve been pushing forward against all odds. They’re having to fight that much harder and be that much stronger to go against societal norms and stereotypes – which are sometimes even in their own heads. Yes, there are still fewer women in the tech industry and there’s still a large gender gap, but I believe that this will be solved. Women are stronger than ever and are designing their own lives and careers. I’m hopeful that we will see more diversity in the industry, which will hopefully lead to better technology and solutions.
- Who she is: A UX designer and front-end web designer, Lenora is also the co-founder of dev.noir, a space for black designers/developers to grow, learn, and level up together. She is a passionate advocate promoting Afrotech and all-around inspiration.
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by her feed and the way she talks about what it’s like starting in tech, the journey she has been on, life and taking time for yourself! I love the way she uses her platform to help and inspire others into tech.
- Who she is: A software engineer and fashionista working at a startup in NYC. Laura shows that people don’t have to fit into one box. She uses her platform to share her many passions, most notably fashion and life as a software engineer. She also has an excellent T-Shirt company with designs including the popular, Lipstick and Code.
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by how she shows life working in tech! I also love the puns she makes on tech! I really do. As someone who likes to doodle pun cartoons themselves, I really appreciate the silly sense of humor.
- Who she is: Brandy is a developer and designer whose posts frequently talk about the real questions you need to drive your career in tech. A mentor to many she also shares glimpses into her life and a wonderful husband that make you feel happy.
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by what she does to encourage other women to talk about important things in career and money as well as pushing for their goals.
- Who she is: A UX designer and developer who travels the world sharing some of the most beautiful images you will see on all of Instagram!
- Why she inspires me: I feel inspired by the way she puts herself out there and shows a genuinely aspirational life you can have working in tech!
I am so grateful to all these women for the incredible and inspiring content they provide. It helps me keep going, and I hope you too can feel inspired by what we can achieve!
Is there anyone else you think should be on my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Want to get a bit more inspiration? Check out my previous Tech Tuesday post on audiobooks