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Olabisi Boyle of Visa, Joy Ofodu of Instagram, Payton Iheme of Facebook, and Jordan Coleman of Weedmaps

Olabisi Boyle (top left), vice president, Internet of Things at Visa; Joy Ofodu (top right), associate brand marketing manager, Instagram; Payton Iheme (bottom right), public policy manager, Facebook; and Jordan Coleman (bottom left), enterprise SaaS sales account manager, Weedmaps.

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The tech industry is largely a man's world, and a white man's world at that. According to this National Center For Women & Information Technology study, women of color made up only about 11% of the computing and mathematical workforce in 2019, with black women only comprising 3% of the total. These numbers are changing for the better, albeit slowly.

What does it really mean to be a woman of color in tech? Here are interviews with six black women — from a marketing manager at Instagram to a privacy manager at Google — about how they got started in tech, what advice they would give to other black women looking to start in the industry, and what tech companies can do to make the industry more inclusive of women of color.

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