Advancing Technology, Empowering Women

Posted by Ann Stock
October 4, 2010
An Egyptian Woman Talks on the Phone

About the Author: Ann Stock serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of State launched TechWomen, a ground-breaking program that will link women from the Middle East and North Africa working in technology with their counterparts in Silicon Valley.

This program will identify 38 women who are emerging leaders in technical fields from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the West Bank and Gaza, and bring them to the United States for a five-week, project-based mentoring program at leading technology companies.

Secretary Clinton first announced the creation of TechWomen at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April. Championing two distinct but equally key themes of President Obama's June 2009 Cairo speech, TechWomen both supports development in the field of technology and empowers women. By facilitating the sharing of experience and knowledge as well as creating peer networks, TechWomen fosters professional development for women and creates sustainable relationships between U.S. and foreign participants.

TechWomen is a public-private partnership, with several leading U.S. technology companies committed to participating in the program, including Google, Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo!, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Catapult Design, and BASIC (Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium), a consortium of more than 20 institutions including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SRI International, Agilent Technologies, Symantec, and Sandia National Laboratories. We encourage additional technology companies to join in sharing their experience and knowledge with these emerging leaders.

We look forward to welcoming the first cadre of TechWomen this spring. This program is the most recent example of how 21st century tools and the private sector can amplify exchanges that advance President Obama and Secretary Clinton's priorities.

If you are interested in learning more about this effort, please visit



Maryland, USA
October 4, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Or, Women Empowered Through Technology.:)

This is a great idea,the more we communicate with different countries the better.

Also, sharing thoughts,or ideas with your counterparts in different countries will be easier. Sound like a good way too make new friends too.:)

SeeYa..Ann Stock, Great Program.

Kentucky, USA
October 5, 2010

Nancy B. in Kentucky writes:

This sounds promising - Women in places like Morocco could connect to the outside world in a discreet way and tap into the knowledge and support that is out there. Having lived in Morocco for a short time during my university studies, I know there are many women there that are excellent candidates and who would be eager to connect. Great project!

October 31, 2010

Samia in Syria writes:

It sounds really great.
Why syria is always excluded from such programs,we are in need to get involved in women new tech programs,especially when those women have some kinds of disability & needs to change their life for better.
I hope to involved Syria & i am so interested in attending such program.
Thank you


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