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Group offers support to thousands of women in tech

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WE SPOKE TO A FRIEND OF HERS AND YOU WILL HEAR FROM THEM COMING UP JENNIFER: IN A RARE MOVE, WORKERS AT GOOGLE, RECENTLY SENT A UNIFIED MESSAGE TO THE TOP, THEY WALKED OFF THE JOB LAST WEEK, PROTESTING SEXUAL HARRASSMENT AND THE WAY THE COMPANY HANDLES COMPLAINTS

THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED, GOOGLE PROTECTED THREE MALE EXECUTIVES FROM SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CLAIMS, LETTING TWO LEAVE WITH HEFTY PAYOUTS LOCALLY, THERE'S A GROUP TO HELP WOMEN IN TECH, WHO ARE ALSO SEVERELY UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE INDUSTRY, AND GIVEN THE NUMBER OF ITS MEMBERS HAS GROWN MORE THAN 300 TIMES, THE FOUNDER SAYS IT IS CLEAR SUPPORT IS NEEDING — NEEDED MAKING HER MY WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY ({PKG)} — MEGAN BIGELOW IS USED TO BEING BOTH IN FRONT OF A CROWD AND BEHIND A COMPUTER SCREEN OFTEN I'M SO HEADS DOWN, JUST TRYING TO KEEP THINGS MOVING THAT IT'S HARD TO ACTUALLY REALIZE THE IMPACT THAT THE WORK WE HAVE BEEN DOING HAS JENNIFER: MEGAN STARTED PDX WIT SIX YEARS AGO, A LOCAL NONPROFIT IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND

ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT IS UNDER REPRESENTED NEEDS THIS TYPE OF SUPPORT JENNIFER: HER GROUP OFFERS MENTORSHIPS, JOB BOARDS AND RESOURCES WE ACTUALLY HAD 15 PEOPLE WHEN WE STARTED THAT WAS AT THE VERY FIRST MEET-UP AND NOW WE HAVE OVER 5300 JENNIFER: GROUP MEMBER, CHLOE ELLIOT USED PDX WIT TO GET AN INTERNSHIP AS A SUPPORT ENGINEER

IT MUST BE THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE I'M JUST HAVING THE TIME OF LIFE DOING IT JENNIFER: THE 40-YEAR-OLD MOM, AND VETERAN, TURNED STUDENT, IS EARNING A MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SOME IN MEGAN'S GROUP EVEN REPORT FEELING UNSAFE, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A VOICE OR OPPORTUNITY SHE EXPERIENCED PAY INEQUITY AS A SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, MAKING 30% LESS THAN HER MALE COLLEAGUE IT SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THE NEED FOR THIS

JENNIFER: THEY WANT TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN IN TECH, BECAUSE WHILE TIMES ARE CHANGING, MANY MILESTONES STILL NEED TO BE MET WE'LL PUT A LINK ABOUT HOW TO CONNECT WITH PDX WIT, IN THIS STORY ON KOINCOM, IF YOU'RE AT ALL INTERESTED IN TECH AND IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE LIKE MEGAN, WHO IS CRUSHING IT, AND HELPING TO EMPOWER OTHERS, LET ME KNOW AND THEY MIGHT BE MY

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