As some of you may have realized by now, I am all for initiatives that promote women in tech and business. I strongly believe that women need to support and mentor each other, and that having strong female role models is essential to developing the next generation of female leaders.
I recently came across the Remarkable Women community, a great new initiative that is connecting and spotlighting some of the UK’s most notable women. Coordinated by LadyGeek in collaboration with Nokia, the community celebrates 50 women who are true ‘Unfollowers’ – women who are “challenging normal conventions, bravely being different and inspiring others.”
Some of the ‘Remarkable Women’ include Bidisha – writer, critic and BBC presenter, Kanya King – MOBO Founder & CEO, Leila Gregory, founder of Girls ‘n’ Gadgets, Bellatrix – Beatboxer for The Boxettes and bass player, Barbara Kasumu – head of Elevation Networks and Visible Women campaigner, and many more.
Leading the ‘Remarkable Women’ is Belinda Parmar, Professor, Huff Post Columnist, BBC pundit & Founder of Lady Geek and ladygeektv. With Lady Geek, Parmar has worked to make the technology industry more accessible to women and end the ‘pink it & shrink it’ approach to women in the tech space. Now, with the Remarkable Women community, Parmar is making women more accessible to the tech industry by showcasing their achievements and providing a platform to acknowledge their success.
For more about the Remarkable Women program, keep an eye on the #RWbyNokia hashtag for its ongoing online discussions.