These are exciting times for the African continent as African women in tech are impacting the continent as well as inspiring younger generations.
They continue to raise their voices to make the ecosystem more inclusive, giving women a chance to be innovative problem solvers.
In the past few years, several women who run or work at tech companies have collated a wealth of experience, tips, and advice on how women can overcome challenges, navigate the male-dominated tech industry, and how they should view their own potential.
To that end, we’ve rounded up 5 must-read books for our awesome African women in tech.
Include these award-winning books to your reading list of tech news, opinions, career and leadership advice, and solidarity from women like you.
The following five books, by Sarah Lacey, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack, Cara Alwill Leyba, Margot Lee Shetterly, and Susanne Tedrick, not only unveil the truth about women in tech but forge a path forward toward a non-discriminatory and less toxic future for women.
Although the tech ecosystem breeds fierce competition for funding or jobs, women can reach greater lengths when they help each other succeed, she posits.
She maintains that when you let other women see your weaknesses rather than your perfect image, it fosters empathy.
It enables other women to view success as achievable as they’ll be able to discuss mistakes and fears with one another.
Whether you have salaried jobs in tech, run companies of your own, or otherwise, Alwill Leyba, through her book, seeks to help women to be more confident, be motivated and understand the mutual power of connections and cooperation among women.
‘Hidden Figures’ by Margot Lee Shetterly
For occasional movie-lovers, “Hidden Figures” which premiered in 2016 was adapted from the book bearing the same title.
The book reveals that the under-representation and under-appreciation of women in tech is not a recent development.