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3 Inspirational Lessons From #BlackTechTwitter In 2022

By News Creatives Authors , in Leadership , at March 26, 2022

Many conversations on diversity in technology careers start and end with dismal gender facts. For example, 2021 statistics show only about 25% of technology jobs were held by women, despite 74% of girls expressing early on an interest in STEM fields.

Those stats devolve into more of the same, leading down a ‘bro culture’ path littered with an even lesser female presence in executive positions, serving on boards and tackling start-ups as founders.

In true late-night television informercial fashion, those conversations should not end with gender, rather continue with, “But wait, there’s more!”

According to Zippia, in the United States:

  • In the tech sector, Black Americans hold 7% of jobs
  • Tech salary offers represent a 6.95% wage gap in favor of white employees
  • 83.3% of tech executives are white

The stats get worse when referring specifically to Black women.

Yet, in lieu of wringing hangs and clutching pearls, a hashtag started with a single question in 2018 keeps chugging along. Inspiring. Driving.

The tweet:

Pariss Chandler, known online as Pariss Athena (Twitter: @ParissAthena), shares, “Starting #BlackTechTwitter allowed me to become a Founder and start Black Tech Pipeline, a platform serving the #BlackTechTwitter community with learning and job opportunities. Being able to watch and help guide our members through their tech journeys and come out so successful at the end has been immensely rewarding and inspiring to see!”

That was 2018. Four years and one global pandemic later, following the hashtag on Twitter continues to inspire. And the rest of us should get on board and be a part of the solution, while likely learning something along the way. What is so riveting?

The shared stories

Clearly, the accomplishments and goals themselves have serious legs. The advocacy for the success of others is a sight to see. One example below:

Black Americans hold 7% of positions within the lucrative and ever-growing technology industry. Examples of progress? Within the past five years, Facebook has increased Black women hired by 25% and Black men hired by 10%. While Facebook’s numbers are nowhere near where they should be, the shared stories matter. Small steps are happening.

From the energy surrounding the Twitter posts and responses, the progress will keep going.

The excitement

A quick follow of #BlackTechTwitter immediately turns up announcements like “I OFFICIALLY LANDED MY DREAM JOB!!!”, “I got the job!”, “Y’all – I just got my verbal offer for this health tech start up I’m shaking so bad” – the excitement is authentic and real-time.

Those inside and outside of the technology industry get it. First steps into tech can be life changing, generational poverty gap closing, income forever altering steps. Simply put? Tech is a big deal.

One of the best parts of the excited online announcements? The hundreds, and at times thousands, of supporters applauding and commenting on those virtual strangers meeting their life-changing goals.

Lesson learned? We should never lose our excitement for the success of others.

The support

For years women in technology have tried to coax their allies to speak loudly and often in support of narrowing that gender gap in the workforce, but today’s #BlackTechTwitter is simply and seemingly effortlessly walking that talk.

In addition, the thousands of supportive comments tacked on to nearly each post is overwhelming in intentional content.

It’s a movement that we should all be privileged enough to take part in by celebrating and supporting others on their journeys. If in the process we see a nonsensical equity gap closing, even better.

The reason for the season

The shared stories, the excitement and the support may very well be the trifecta for change.

Pariss Athena continues, “The #BlackTechTwitter community completely changed my experience in the tech industry, but even more, my life. Our community has made working in tech feel more exciting, comfortable, safe and reassuring. Even with our members being spread across the globe and mainly being accessible online, I know that people who look like me and resonate with my experiences exist in this industry, and are also learning, growing, and thriving here. We’re resourceful and knowledgeable, but also caring and supportive of one another.”

With social media efforts like #BlackTech Twitter, a light is shined and ever-brightening on the historical lack of inclusivity in STEM fields, especially at the leadership and leadership-track levels. Stories are shared by historically non-present members, showing traction via persistent, significant and very real successes.

When we see what success can look like and see ourselves as possibilities in those chosen pathways, it’s easier to take the chance and follow our dreams.

A trending Twitter hashtag, sharing both roadblocks and ensuing accomplishments, allowing us to all celebrate big wins together? This feels like the change we are (almost) all hoping for in embracing diverse-everything in technology.

Bottom line: If you have a presence on Twitter and you care about watching progress in action, you should be following the hashtag #BlackTechTwitter. If you ever doubt that tech is a desirable career path for everyone, you will quickly learn something new.

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