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Women Digital Thinkers Tweet A Day in Their Lives: Join Us For #NPRWIT

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Join the conversation in twitter by following the hashtag #NPRWIT.
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In 2014, women still represent a small fraction of entrepreneurs, investors, coders and engineers in America. i i
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In 2014, women still represent a small fraction of entrepreneurs, investors, coders and engineers in America.
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Across America, women are making strides in politics, media and the academy. But few women are leaders in the burgeoning technology industries. The latest research suggests that close to 90 percent of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley are launched by men.

So why are women the exception in top tech jobs, and what's being done to challenge that?

Throughout the month of March, Tell Me More host Michel Martin will explore these questions, on the radio and across social media. She'll host on-air discussions with women who are tech innovators; and on Twitter, Martin and the show's senior producer, Davar Ardalan, will moderate a digital conversation with more game-changing tech leaders around #NPRWIT.

"Conversations in the digital space are as important to Tell Me More as the ones we have on the radio. Looking forward to meeting innovative women engaging 140 characters at a time and adding yet one more layer to our storytelling. Also, can't wait to see the kinds of connections result," says Martin.

Find the entire schedule here. Follow along all month at @TellMeMoreNPR, and add your voice to the conversation at #NPRWIT.

Join the #NPRWIT Conversation

  • March 4, 2014

    Limor Fried/@adafruit i i

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    Limor Fried

    Limor Fried, Founder & Engineer, Adafruit
    New York City
    Follow: @adafruit

    "I'm looking forward to sharing a day-in-the-life of an engineer. From reading datasheets, to picking out parts, to doing manufacturing at my factory in SoHo, NYC - I hope others out there can see how fun and interesting making things can be!"

  • March 6, 2014

    Natalia Oberti Noguera / @nakisknakis i i

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    Natalia Oberti Noguera / @nakisknakis

    Natalia Oberti Noguera / @nakisknakis

    Natalia Oberti Noguera

    Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
    Austin, Texas, from Latin@s in Tech Event
    Follow: @nakisnakis

    "I had the opportunity to speak at Social Media Week NYC on a panel entitled, "Amplifying African-American Women in Innovation," which was presented by Chana Ginelle Ewing, Founder of Michelle O Brunch. The numbers are low, but they're not zero. We need to mainstream conversations around diversity and we can do so by spotlighting #morevoices. That's what I'll be up to during my "day in the life," live-tweeting for #NPRWIT the Latin@s in Tech event scheduled right before the start of SXSW."

  • March 10, 2014

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    Rachel Levy

    Rachel Levy, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
    Claremont, California from Harvey Mudd College
    Follow: @mathcirque

    "I will be teaching Frosh differential equations. I will be meeting with my research students about fluid dynamics mathematical modeling and experiments. How many people know what mathematicians do on a typical day? I'm excited to share the different kinds of work I do with my colleagues and students related to teaching and research. I like that this project will provide snapshots of many different aspects of tech-related jobs."

  • March 28, 2014

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    Tokiwa Smith

    Tokiwa Smith, Founder & Executive Director of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Link Inc.
    San Francisco, California from BioBlitz 2014 Event
    Follow: @tokiwana and @semlink

    "I am excited to share in real time the essence of what my work as a science educator and social entrepreneur is all about - engaging urban youth in hands on STEM activities which hopefully will inspire them as professionals in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

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    Davar Ardalan

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    Davar Ardalan, Senior Producer, Tell Me More
    Washington D.C., NPR Headquarters
    Follow: @idavar

    "This social storytelling series will allow us to broaden our reach, engage our digital audience and expand our journalism as we live-tweet with a master inventor from IBM, a technology executive from American Express, and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to South Africa. In real time and under one hashtag, we will witness the impact women are making across the world in the fields of technology, science, entrepreneurship and innovation."

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