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Women in Tech: Why the Small Victories Matter

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

A record-breaking number of women in technology attended this year's Grace Hopper Conference.

Credit: Anita Borg Institute

The word on everyone's lips at this year's Grace Hopper Conference was progress. In just one year, the conference grew by about 3,000 attendees. Side chatter revolved around how refreshing it was to be around so many other women. And when a speaker like Intel CEO Brian Krzanich mentioned something like men taking credit for women's ideas in meetings, the crowd chuckled. They knew exactly what he was talking about.

Published diversity and inclusion reports show that tech companies struggle to get their technical workforces up to even 30 percent women. The way out of this problem is to not lose heart, a message the conference continually reinforced.

"If we don't celebrate the wins, we lose sight of the bigger picture," says Reshma Saujani, founder of nonprofit education program Girls Who Code.

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