Feb 16, 2023

LGBTQ History Month 2023: Celebrating LGBTQ+ STEM pioneers

Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson

LGBTQ History Month 2023: Celebrating LGBTQ+ STEM pioneers

To mark LGBTQ+ History Month this February, we are shining a light on the LGBTQ+ community as pioneers of computer science, technology, and data. Recent surveys have shown that more than 10% of engineers worldwide publicly identify as LGBTQ. Within Credera, 10% of our colleagues had self-identified as LGBTQ+ at the end of 2022.

Queer icons in our history couldn’t express themselves or even fully understand themselves without fear of punishment, and this is still the case in many places across the world.

Because of its secrecy, queer history has been particularly difficult to sift through. However, to help overcome this, we are excited to celebrate and recognize several LGBTQ+ role models that have made a huge impact on our history and therefore the environment we at Credera work in today.

LGBTQ+ Leaders in Technology

Alan Turning 1Peter Landin 1Lynn Conway 1Mary Ann Horton 1Audrey Tang 1

Credera’s Stance on Diversity

At Credera, we view increasing our diversity as a strategic business imperative - not only because diverse companies see improved profitability, sales, and business growth, but because it is simply the right thing to do. Our focus on diversity throughout the employee lifecycle is a key pillar of our culture at Credera, and this has been recognized in our multiple successive Great Place to Work awards. More recently, we have also been recognized for a Silver Award in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. From a DEI&W lens, we continue to focus on making sure we weave DEI&W into the fabric of our firm. Our diversity networks within Credera (not only OPEN Pride Credera, but also CredColor, CredAbility, Credera Thrive, and Credera Women’s Network) continue to deliver internal education and maintain psychological safety at work for our current and future colleagues. They are also empowered to use our public-facing platforms, such as our social media channels, blogs, and our Technically Minded podcast to advocate for diversity in the wider sector.

Closing Thoughts

Trans activist and author Janet Mock says that activism is not one performative space (i.e. joining a march or a protest), but an everyday act. It is about using your privilege and the space you have been granted to make sure that people think differently – for example, speaking up when you hear problematic language rather than simply letting it go. Diversity creates new perspectives and outcomes, transforms the status quo, and contributes to removing bias in technology. At Credera, we strongly believe that a world in which we strive to remove barriers to participation and where diversity is recognized and celebrated will lead to the best outcomes for everyone.

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