Gender
Equality
in Tech

GET Cities is working to build a more inclusive future in tech, starting at the city level.

Our Goal

Align local actors to build inclusive pathways for women in tech – from their first college course to their first round of funding – that kickstart a more vibrant tech economy nationwide.

Why Now?

Technology is one of the most economically vibrant and powerful innovation industries we have, but its full potential is wasted when women are underrepresented in the workforce.

In 2019, the World Economic Forum projected that we are still 208 years away from gender equity in the U.S.

Achieving gender equity in the tech industry would be worth an estimated $320 billion to $390 billion dollars in total market value.

The data demands action:

In 2011, the percentage of women receiving computing degrees reached a near all-time low of 16% and has remained stagnant around 19% ever since.

There are 3.5 million computing-related jobs anticipated to open by 2026.

At the current rate, the United States will only have 17% of the graduates necessary to fill these openings.

While women hold 57% of professional occupations, women currently comprise only 26% of jobs in the computing workforce.

VC investment in all female-founded teams still only represented 2.8% of U.S. VC investment in 2019

Every day that we don’t see equity in the tech sector is a day that we leave talent, ideas and growth on the table

GET Cities is designed to accelerate representation and build a more vibrant tech industry.

About GET Cities

Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities is an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech through the development of inclusive tech hubs across the United States.

A thriving tech economy will only exist when all of the talent in our workforce is engaged and has the opportunity to advance. Together, we can GET there.

GET Cities is working to develop inclusive tech hubs across the United States. We believe that national change can be accelerated when we start at the local level. GET Cities launched in Chicago in January 2020. Now we’ve expanded into DC and will announce our third city later in 2021.

Our Goal

1
Build pathways into tech:

Build pathways into tech: Propel more women into tech education, tech careers, and tech entrepreneurship, through programs that encourage and incentivise more women to pursue computing degrees and then support them along their educational journey with real-world experiences and a network of supportive professionals and peers.

2

Align local tech ecosystems:

Convene city-based partners and collaborate on accelerating the representation and leadership in tech. City partners include universities, tech companies, entrepreneurial and venture support organizations and local and national organizations.

3

Create long-term systemic change:

Share insights, create space for a national dialogue, disseminate data and best practices, and provoke behavioral, cultural and narrative change.

Our Partners

SecondMuse and Break Through Tech partnered with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates, to launch Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities in 2020. Contact info@getcities.org if you’re interested in working with us to accelerate women’s leadership in tech.

Pivotal Ventures

is an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates that works to advance social progress for women and families in the United States

Secondmuse

is an impact and innovation company that builds resilient economies that benefit people and protect the planet.

Break Through Tech

which originated as WiTNY, is a national initiative that propels women into higher education and careers in tech through innovative curriculum, career access, and community development.

FAQ

GET Cities brings together key stakeholders from all areas of the tech ecosystem to align on shared goals and help move the needle on:

  • hiring, retaining, and advancing more women in tech roles
  • graduating more women with computing degrees
  • getting more money into the hands of women founders

GET Cities believes that national change is accelerated when starting at the local level and will focus on three U.S. cities over the course of five years. We hope to create a model that acts as a lighthouse for other cities to replicate all over the US.

The program works to understand and amplify effective local models that can be replicated by other cities throughout the country with a commitment to gender equity in tech.

Over the next five years, we are focusing our investment on three U.S. tech hubs that we believe have the power to be national leaders in gender equity in tech.

GET Cities identifies cities where women in tech have the highest potential to thrive based on four common elements: Strong sources and attraction of talent. Strong business & employer community. Sources of capital and finance. A supportive policy and political environment.
In addition to the growing tech sector, strong academic institutions, and vibrant entrepreneurial and venture ecosystems in Chicago and DC, the GET Cities team was inspired by the breadth and commitment to equity among the organizations already present in these cities as well. GET Cities believes Chicago and DC have the ethos to see women soar in tech and to develop models to share with the rest of the country. As of March 2021, Chicago and DC have been announced as part of the GET Cities initiative. Stay tuned for future city announcements.
We will be communicating the process for selecting City 2 in Q3 2021.

GET Cities will have local teams based in each city to focus on connecting the many players and initiatives within each tech hub, understanding what works, and identifying barriers that prevent the change we are working toward. Each city will have a university partner committed to ensuring more women enter and graduate from computing degree programs. Local GET teams will work to make sure women coming out of these programs, as well as other programs working to advance women in tech, have access to the resources needed to do so.

GET Cities plans to amplify and support existing local organizations as well as convene organizations interested in and committed to closing the gender gap in technology. Please check back on our website as we start to support and amplify the work of existing organizations.

GET Cities is currently forming relationships with local organizations and ultimately aims to build on, support, and scale the work already being done. Examples of key partners include:

If you’re a national or local organization looking to partner with us, please reach out to us on our contact page. Someone from our team will be in touch with you shortly. Chicago and DC companies can connect with our team to learn about innovative internship opportunities that would allow them to engage with undergraduate women in tech and/or offer their employees ways to volunteer as coaches and mentors.

GET Cities will have local teams based in each city to focus on connecting the many players and initiatives within each tech hub, understanding what works, and identifying barriers that prevent the change we are working toward. Each city will have at least one university partner committed to ensuring more women enter and graduate from computing degree programs. Local GET teams will work to make sure women coming out of these programs, as well as other programs working to advance women in tech, have access to the resources needed to do so.

GET Cities plans to amplify and support existing local organizations as well as convene organizations interested in and committed to closing the gender gap in technology. Please check back on our website as we start to support and amplify the work of existing organizations.

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