About the Gender Equality Initiative
GET Cities is a gender equality startup initiative that is designed to increase leadership and representation of women in technology through creating gender-inclusive tech hubs around the US. GET Cities has three goals in mind: build pathways into technology for women, align local tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and create long-term systemic change in the tech industry.
The initiative features a variety of statistics related to the technology industry. For example, in 2019, the World Economic Forum predicted the US is still 208 years away from gender equity, and tech industry equity could cost between $320 billion to $390 billion.
In addition to GET Cities’s mission of improving technology education and opportunities for women, the initiative is also backed by some large partners. SecondMuse, Break Through Tech, and Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda Gates business, are all partners in GET Cities.
On Tuesday, one partner company, SecondMuse, announced that GET Cities will be expanding to Washington DC to further the initiative’s mission.
Washington DC Expansion
SecondMuse announced Tuesday that in partnerships with Break Through Tech, a business focused on gender equality in technology, and Pivotal Ventures, an investment company, the GET Cities initiative will be expanding to Washington DC This expansion is part of a five-year plan that focuses on three different cities.
Melinda Gates’s company, Pivotal Ventures, announced in January 2020 the beginning of the GET Cities initiative. The first location for the initiative is in Chicago. In addition, the investment business provided $50 million in financing.
Melinda Gates said of the GET Cities initiative, “As the tech industry continues to expand beyond Silicon Valley to other areas across the country, we have the opportunity to reimagine what the sector could look like. If these emerging tech hubs are supported to prioritize women’s representation and inclusion as they grow, they will be better positioned to tap into the full range of local talent, while also helping create a blueprint for closing the industry’s gender gap nationwide.”
With the support of each partner company, the DC expansion will work just like the Chicago initiative. National Director of GET Cities, Leslie Lynn Smith, said, “...We see a lot of opportunity in the DC Metro Area because of its ongoing investments in its regional tech economy and its work around equity with regard to gender and race…”
The third city for the gender equality initiative’s expansion will be announced later in 2021.
About the Author
McKenzie Carpenter is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Integrative Public Relations and French. McKenzie has previously worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.