Do you have a girl or woman in your life who is passionate about working in tech, but you aren’t sure how to best support her? Here are some helpful tips:
- Give Her Space to Fail
There are bound to be failures when learning new skills or creating something new. It can be hard to face setbacks. First, give her time to grieve and acknowledge the frustration. Afterward, encourage her to learn from the situation and persist toward her goal.
- Lend a Listening Ear
Working in tech can be a roller coaster of emotion for anyone. Offer to meet up (IRL) just to listen. Taking the time to brainstorm ideas or solutions can encourage her to stay the course. It can also give you new insight into what challenges she may be facing on a daily basis.
- Celebrate Other Girls/Women in Tech
Making an effort to recognize and honor achievements of other girls and women in tech is empowering! Seeing someone like you succeed can inspire you to dream bigger. Let’s focus on celebrating the success of others and not comparing ourselves to each other.
- Encourage Involvement in the Tech Community
Look out for mentorship and female-driven networking groups in your community! Girls in Tech is a great resource to find community events that support women and girls interested or involved in tech and entrepreneurship. Events such as our Girls in Tech Startup Breakthroughs Bootcamp sponsored by GoDaddy or our new monthly mentoring meetup are a perfect place to learn about new resources and get connected.
Written by Roxanne Kirk
Roxanne Kirk is a member of the Marketing Committee for Girls in Tech Phoenix. She has experience in the HR/payroll tech space and is passionate about supporting women in STEM fields.
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