WOCinTech Stock Photos

Thank you and farewell

Some time in May 2015, we came up with the idea to find and talk with other women of color in the tech industry.

What originally started out as a single Twitter chat quickly became something greater. The tech community at large responded to our desire to create something for women like us: women in search of opportunities and, perhaps more importantly, a space where we could meet and learn from one another.

Since then, #WOCinTech Chat evolved to an initiative that connected women of color to job opportunities, provided scholarships and free tickets to conferences, and invited women of color technologists to participate in our well-received #WOCinTech photo shoots.

The stock photos put a face to something WOC in tech have been saying for years: "We are already here." We were done with the excuses: it's a pipeline issue and there aren't enough qualified candidates. We didn't want today's problems to be put off to the indeterminate future, when the young girls of color in today's pipeline finally enter the workforce. Because we knew if they were to enter the pipeline in the first place, they deserved to see who looked like them today.

We learned a lot about grassroots organizing and partnering up with different groups as a result of our work. And knowing that sponsorships weren't easy for other like-minded organizations to come by, we wrote an article to help others do the same.

Over the past 20+ months we have been been blessed with opportunities that we couldn't have imagined coming across before. Through #WOCinTech Chat, we have met so many women of color that are doing amazing things, and through the photos of real WOC technologists, have seen visibility increase for us in the media, in startups, in conference talks, classroom presentations, and in brochures and print materials. This goes beyond us.

The time has come for us, however, to say goodbye to this wonderful endeavor. We've reassessed our goals and want to devote time to new and exciting opportunities, but we also want to end #WOCinTech Chat on a high note. As we look to the future, we fully believe that many women of color in not only tech, but all of STEM, will continue to share their brilliance with the world and inspire other women of color to walk down their same paths. While we won't march on under the #WOCinTech Chat banner anymore, it doesn't mean we'll stop the journey. We women of color technologists are still here. We will continue to be here.

#WOCinTech Chat will continue to live on through the photos and the Storified Twitter chats. As of today, we are indefinitely suspending new invites to our Slack community (but the existing community will stay) and our inbox will send out automatic "gone fishing!" replies. Our Twitter handle will remain, as will our website and Flickr account, but they won't be updated. And if you plan on using one of our photos in the future, please attribute them to us; they will continue to be available under a CC-Attribution license.

We want to thank all of the people who made this endeavor possible. Thank you for believing in what this initiative could be and thank you for inspiring us to do better. Thank you to every single person and organization that has used one of our stock images. And thank you to all of the WOC technologists that banded together with us to create this community.



Christina & Stephanie

Founders of #WOCinTech Chat


WOCinTechChat Photos Now Available in Buffer’s Pablo

We are so excited to share that we have partnered with Buffer's Pablo. Read more about it here. 

You can also continue to access the full collection of over 500 hi-res images, available via CCA license, here. We can't wait to see all of the wonderful material you create with these photos.  

Let us know what you think. Tweet us @wocintechchat

Take 2 & 3- The Women of Color in Tech Stock Photo Shoots

Representation matters and so we have decided to keep going! 

We want to thank you all for your support, encouragement and continued use of the first set of WOCinTech stock photosWhile we have experienced great success with the release of the initial photos, we still have work to do.

We have decided to hold a second and larger shoot comprised of all women and non-binary people in tech. We are so excited to announce that Google's Women Techmakers, Trello, BufferGitHub & Microsoft NY all support this work and have signed on as sponsors. The next 2 shoots will take place in February. If your company would like to host a Women of Color in Tech stock photo shoot Get In Touch

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Stock photos of women of color in tech, now free to use.


Earlier this month, we published a blog post where we discussed the problem of not having visible representations of women of color engaging in technical tasks in stock images.

We’re excited to announce that the first batch of #WOCinTech photos are available under a Creative Commons (Attribution) license. This means that you may copy, distribute, and display the images as long as you attribute #WOCinTech Chat. Otherwise, you are free to use them as you wish.

Our ask? That you use these photos to show a different representation of all women in tech. That you use these images in pieces about entrepreneurs, software engineers, infosec professionals, IT analysts, marketers, and other people who make up the tech ecosystem. Just as white women have been the default “woman” in technology and American society as a whole, we believe the underlying belief of what it means to be — and who can be —  a tech worker in the 21st century can benefit from this form of “disruption”.

Thank you to the amazing individuals that participated in the photo shoot in September, to the NYC startup that hosted us, and to our photographer and fellow techie Mike Ngo.

If you have any inquiries about the photo shoot or if you would like your company to host our next photo shoot, send us an email: hello(at)wocintechchat(dot)com. In the meantime, check out the Blog for updates on the second shoot. 

Check out the full album on -->  flickr

Check out the blog for more info on the 2nd #WOCinTech photo shoot happening in January & February 2016

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