Maureen McCarty

Tell us your story.

I first entered the digital sphere with a small startup LGBT blog, after years of temping and interning. It was the marrying of my passion for social justice with tech that I found my bliss in the digital sphere.

From there, I transitioned to the incredible marketing team at the Human Rights Campaign. I'm inspired daily by my colleagues' dedication and tenacity.

What advice to you have to share with other women and young girls?

It is vital for women to support other women in tech. Though women hold 57 percent of occupations in the workplace, that number drops to just 30 percent in the tech industry, according to reports earlier this year. When we drill down on leadership roles, that number is even bleaker. That doesn’t just hurt women; it hurts tech companies. Women at all levels – entry level to C-suite—need to support one another to bolster our voices in this space. It’s never to early—or too late—to be a role model. Start with informational interviews. Casual coffee. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone outside of your specific milieu. They just might have the inspiration you’re searching for.

Pass it on!

Anastasia Khoo, HRC Chief Marketing Officer

The Women in Tech campaign exists to help redefine what women in technology means in the 21st century. Started independently by a group of professional women who, after many impassioned discussions about women in tech knew we wanted to expand this definition beyond 'traditional' technology skills. To us, it includes most every current, emerging or evolving role within an organization. By featuring leaders and emerging leaders across industries who embody this we hope to collectively 'stand up', be proud of our place in the digital world and inspire young women or those new to the 'tech space' to get involved.