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About Us

The Birth of Moms in Tech

~ Linda Xiong, founder of Moms in Tech

I needed it myself.

The night I created the group, it was 1 a.m. I had just finished working all night after my baby went to bed. My baby was a few months old, and I was still getting up one or two times per night to nurse. And every morning, I was up by 7 a.m. I was also driving challenging projects at work. It was an intense time.

That night I was exhausted, but my mind was too busy to sleep. I remember thinking: “I know I am not alone.” From that thought, I created the group on Facebook, adding all the moms in tech I knew. It was maybe 20 or 30 people to start, and it just took off from there. We never looked back.

Being a mom is hard, working in tech as a woman is hard. You mix the two, and you get a group of people with a pretty unique challenge. That group needed its own space.

In general, the tech industry skews young, which means there aren’t a lot of parents. Along with that, women are a minority in tech – According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2017 U.S. workforce were held by women. The field is still overwhelmingly male and there are inherent challenges with that. All this means a lack of awareness around the challenges that moms and mom-to-be.

Most tech jobs are rarely limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  They’re fast moving, complex and require a lot of mental energy. Many people at tech don’t just leave their jobs at work. That can be extra challenging when you are also responsible for a small human.

Also, there are some very practical reasons for why this group is helpful: you want to get advice and information from people who are in a similar situation. Maybe you’re looking for recommendations on workwear that’s tech-industry appropriate, maybe you’re dealing with a challenging boss and want advice. We even had members who reached out for advice when they were unfortunately laid off while on maternity leave.

Each of us have different level of support from our employers and partners and families; some of us are more lucky than others. Regardless the level of support you have, it is still not the same as being understood by someone else who has walked in your shoes.

At the end of the day, we all want to belong. To be understood. To know that we are not alone. That’s the driving force behind the Moms in Tech community.

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Special thanks to our community member Tessa Watkins for her help in getting the site set up.