SILICON VALLEY — Lea Coligado was 19 years old when she held a summer internship at a small software company in Silicon Valley. While there, she faced comments about how women don’t code because they are better at art and heard insinuations that women’s brains were just not wired to handle the algorithmic complexity that their male counterparts could. Instead of complimenting her code, she received comments about her clothes.
Maggie Roache is a student at Stanford University, an alum of the Chicago Tribune’s teen publication, The Mash, and a former MTV Founders contributor. She helps produce videos on women in tech for she++, tutors middle schoolers from East Palo Alto and is a member of Stanford in Government. You can find her on campus either working at Starbucks or having spontaneous dance parties with her friends.