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Katie Paxson

From a record-breaking number of women receiving VC funding in Silicon Valley to the growing number of women earning technical degrees in Nigeria (the country with the 4th fastest growing developer community on Github) — gender balance in tech is a global agenda.

Andela has made a commitment to increasing female tech talent since day one. “It has been a personal and a company-wide priority to recruit and retain top female talent since we began. We’ve conducted all-female recruitment cycles and classes in Lagos, Nigeria and are now starting a similar initiative in Kenya,” said Andela co-founder Christina Sass in an interview with CNN in 2016.

Because of these efforts, the Andela community is made up of women like Purity Birir, who launched the AnitaB community in Nairobi and Rehema Wachira, who transitioned from an advertising career into a full-time developer with Women Who Code. They are changing the narrative by being extraordinary developers that anyone would want on their team – regardless of gender.

Watch the video to learn how we can all set the standard for how the industry thinks about female tech talent, and drive towards #BalanceForBetter in tech.

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About the Author

Katie Paxson

Growth @ Andela

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