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Welcome to 100 At Code Like A Girl

Sean Yo and I started the Code Like A Girl publication on January 11, 2016. In the last 178 days, we’ve grown to over 3000 followers and with this post, we’ve publishing 100 stories! We are so excited and gratified that Code Like A Girl has helped amplify that many stories. Each one with an important message to share.

Let’s take a look at some of our most viewed, most engaging, and most recommended stories and the people who wrote them.

Top Story By Views

With 25000 views “An Open Letter to the First Years” by Clarisse Schneider is our most viewed article. This one hit a nerve and created huge buzz on the Waterloo subreddit when it came out. I really love the honesty, and frankness in this article. It put real experiences out there for everyone to see. That is so important. I also highly recommend reading the responses to the article — they really made my heart grow. Thanks so much Clarisse for sharing this with us. It is an extremely powerful article.

Top Story By Engagement

Medium has a great stat that tracks the read-ratio of a story. This engagement measurement is the ratio of the number of views a story has received vs the number of reads a story receives. It is common for many stories to get close to a 50% read ratio — meaning that half the people that view the story stay to read it.

Karen Schulman Dupuis shared a gripping account of her experience with sexual harassment in the 1990s. The post did very well with 1.7k views and 1.4k reads for a read percentage of 84%. Thank you for sharing this important story with our readers, Karen. Sharing these experiences helps us be clear how tragically common they are, the journey of survival and that surviving doesn’t mark anyone as strange, abnormal or to blame.

Top Story by Recommends

When Michael Hoffman choose to use the a female pronoun for a programming joke and tweeted it, he did not anticipate the reaction it garnered.

In Why ‘her’? Michael decided to share with the world why he deliberately chose that pronoun and why we all need to make those very conscious decisions more often. This hit a chord with our readers and garnered an astounding 787 recommends!

Writers

We now have SIXTY ONE writers!!! We want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your story with us and our readers. We hope you will continue to share your stories with us in the future. Thank you to:

Roo Hart, Devishobha Chandramouli, Sonia Cuff, Lori Lalonde, Michael Haupt, Elizabeth Venner, Joyce Park, Cindy Lundin Mesaros, Mohammad Azam, Sci Chic, Rheanna Martinez, Jess Boyd, Erin Burrell, Michelle Moody, Katerina Trajchevska, Flavy Tonfack, alisonbeattie, ReigningIt 👑, Rachel Dines, Kay Xiaoqi Li, Lauren Brener, Jenna Wang, Tracy Holmes, Joy Ebertz, Surbhi Oberoi, Taija Mertanen, Alison Taffel Rabinowitz, Vicky Yasinetskaya, Caryn Humphreys, Amandah Wood, Tim Berthold, Cressa Price, Michael Hoffman, Delia Yeager, Fiona Tay, Clarisse Schneider, Mary Loubele, Rose Yao, Gretchen Hellman, Sarah McCasland, Kendra Ross, Dana Lee, Sam Flores, Gail Golden, Isabelle Guis, Julia Nguyen, amy schmidt, Yetty Sanni, Michal Meiri, Kaitlin Gu, Shirley Miao, Karen Schulman Dupuis, Sabine Geithner, Carmen W, Diana Ryall AM, Cecy Correa, Erika Mozes, Jen van der Meer, Paul Verbeek, Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré, Rhythm Abbi

Out of the 61 authors we have so far, 55 of them are female, which is about 90% women. We thank all of our authors and we’re thrilled we’ve been able to attract, include and amplify so many female voices. We continue to welcome male authors as well as a vital part of this conversation.

We hope as you discover these great authors, women and men alike, you’re following your favourites and growing your community on Medium. One of the best parts of our work with this publication is connecting with these amazing authors and discovering their powerful stories.

We’re also thrilled with the writers we have for some great articles coming up soon and can’t wait to share these great new stories. It’s been fantastic to have so many authors say yes to our requests to include their words as part of Code Like A Girl and the growing number of authors who are submitting their stories on their own to our publication.

The Future of Code Like A Girl

When we kicked off this project, we set some targets around the number of followers we wanted to achieve in the first 6 months and the number of articles we wanted to publish as well. We like to start with the end in mind, and these targets helped us focus and drive our work. We’ve blown past all of our goals and we’re looking forward to how we’re going to do against our next set of goals.

But much more important than our internal metrics is the way we’ve been able to amplify stories about Women in Technology. Looking back on our first 6 months is rewarding. But what we’re even more excited about is looking forward to what we’ll be able to accomplish in the next 6 months, and the 6 months after that…and after that.

How can you help?

We hope you’re just as excited as we are about what’s next for Code Like A Girl and if you are, we’d love for you to join us in this awesome project.

Write

You can share your stories with us! We are always on the lookout for new writers and great stories. Check out “Spread Your Words with Code Like A Girl” to see what we are looking for in a story.

Share

Not a writer? No problem. You can amplify the voices of our writers by recommending their stories and sharing them on social media! Here are some more helpful tips on how you can Amplify Our Voices!

Volunteer

If you are interested in helping us with building the Code Like A Girl Community Engagement Team or help us with web design and dev for the next version of Code.Likeagirl.io.

Reach out to us at info@likeagirl.io or on Twitter at @Code_LikeAGirl.


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