5 Essential Reads for Women Considering A Career in Tech

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

Even though women are still underrepresented in the technology industry, a career in tech can be highly rewarding for a woman. If you’re considering pursuing a career in the technology sector, but you’re unsure where to start, then gaining advice and top tips from other women in the tech arena is a great first step. This collection of books will be invaluable as you embark on your new career.

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    She Chose TECH: The essential guide to inspire and empower women in tech
    by Sonal Shah

    'She Chose Tech' by Sonal Shah demystifies the world of technology and inspires women to take up a career in the industry. Through the book, she invites them into a world where knowledge becomes empowerment, and anyone can reach their full potential. Crafted with simplicity as its guiding principle, 'She Chose Tech' beckons anyone curious about tech, from the student at the beginning of their career to the seasoned professional to those just wanting to expand their knowledge of the influential sector. The book unpacks the exciting reality and potential of working in the industry, an essential guide to understanding the pulse of the ever-evolving tech landscape. Throughout, Sonal easily unravels complex concepts, dispelling popular myths, offering practical advice and digging deep into must-know tech subjects such as Crypto, Blockchains, and AI. This book decodes the enigma of the tech world and illuminates the possibilities for anyone seeking to carve a niche in the industry.

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    Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    by Emily Chang

    For women in tech, Silicon Valley is a 'Brotopia' where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment. While #MeToo and #TimesUp have upended Hollywood, Washington, and beyond, we must take a deeper look into Silicon Valley, which has the power to transform our lives and future more than any other industry. Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. It's time to break up the boys club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture - to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

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    Girl Code
    by Cara Alwill Leyba

    'Girl Code' is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professionals and 'side hustlers'. Blending personal stories, inspirational quotes and mantras with practical workbook sections, 'Girl Code' will teach you how to build confidence, reconnect with your 'why', eradicate jealousy and use the power of connection. Master life coach and motivational speaker Cara Alwill Leyba lays down the rules for building a stellar career and extraordinary life. She champions the importance of honesty, vulnerability and positivity and illustrates how women can work together to ensure success. 'Girl Code' is for every woman on the edge of change who is ready to reinvent herself, elevate her thinking and transform her life.

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    Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology In
    by Susanne Tedrick

    'Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators' will help you overcome the obstacles that often prevent women of colour from pursuing and staying in tech careers. Contrary to popular belief, tech careers are diverse and fun―and they go far beyond just coding. This book will show you that today's tech careers are incredibly dynamic, and you'll learn how your soft skills―communication, public speaking, networking―can help you succeed in tech. This book will guide you through the process of cultivating strong relationships and building a network that will get you were you want to be. You'll learn to identify a strong, knowledgeable support network that you can rely on for guidance or mentorship. This step is crucial in getting young women of colour into tech careers and keeping them there. Read this book to help bring to life your vision of a future in tech. With practical advice and inspiring stories, you’ll develop the right tools and the right mindset. Whether you're just considering going into tech or you want to take your current career to the next level, 'Women of Color in Tech' will show you how to uncover the resources you need to succeed.

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    Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology
    by 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. Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a "Top 100 Global Thinker," professor, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, set out to collect anecdotes and essays from global leaders, sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. With interviews and essays from hundreds of women in STEM fields, including Google[X] VP Megan Smith, venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton, and entrepreneur and technology executive Kim Polese, 'Innovating Women' offers fresh perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organisation can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.

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