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Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Meet the women who haven’t asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying the next generation of women in tech.

Geek Girl Rising isn’t about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl San
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge #13 Read a nonfiction book about technology.

I was so happy to see a book about women in tech! And then:

She greeted us dressed in electric blue-dyed denim, suede peep-toed booties, and a fitted khaki blazer.

Now, dressed in strappy high-heeled sandals and a pretty black and white sleeves dress with a full skirt...

JoAnn was tastefully dressed in a cream-colored cardigan, matching slacks, striped silk blouse, and a sparkly diamond ring.

Gah! No! I don't care about
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Publication date is 23/05/17

As I continue on my journey of infusing more nonfiction into my 2017 reading challenge, I am attempting to ensure that a wide variety of topics are explored within that genre. Thank goodness for NetGalley , otherwise, I might have overlooked this book. Geek Girl Rising is a well researched and detailed exploration of women( mostly concentrated in the United States) that are breaking new ground in terms of entrepreneurship and technology. The authors explore the barri
Julie Ehlers
It's good that there are people out there trying to fight some of the sexism in tech and encourage female tech entrepreneurs. I'm glad that's happening and I was happy to learn about it from this book. Beyond that, though, Geek Girl Rising had so many issues that I can barely understand why it was published. For starters, there is way, way too much emphasis on how glamorous and girly female tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are. I mean, it's fair enough to say that if women were equally ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm stopping here at 14%. After reading a confusing and chaotic first chapter I'm feeling completely mislead by the title. And chapter 2 begins by slamming you into Michelle Phan's morning routine. I know who Michelle Phan is and she has nothing to do with tech, STEM, or engineering. I don't understand this book or who it's for. If you already understand Silicon Valley insider terminology, businesses, what venture capitalists are, and how mergers and acquisitions work, you'll probably love this ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I felt that the title was somewhat misleading, since much of the book focused on female entrepreneurs. Interesting, but I expected to read about “geek girls,” more tech savvy women thriving in a male dominated field. Descriptions of these women in Louboutin shoes, designer clothing, and fashionable haircuts joining pricey exclusive clubs was not what I was expecting. I was, however, very interested in the stories of women working in STEM careers and creating tech opportunities for themselves and ...more
Rachel Moyes
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all, this is really not a book. It's more like a collection of magazine articles on related topics. They're good magazine articles, but that doesn't mean it's a book. I couldn't get over the verbatim quotes that did not have filler words and pauses edited out.

It was interesting, and at times, both inspiring and downright frightening (e.g. how am I going to handle motherhood and a career?!).

Whenever a new woman was introduced, the authors took a second describing her hair or wh
The authors focus on the years 2014 to 2016 and tell the stories of women working in or leading tech companies. Also included are stories of women entrepreneurs in primarily internet companies. Cabot and Walravens include statics regarding women in the tech industry.

They tell the stories of many women such as Michelle Phan, creator of the e-commerce cosmetics company Ipsy, and Tracy Chou, a software developer at Pinterest. The authors also told the story of female “angel investor” Joanne Wilson
Melanie  H
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it

I’m not going to lie; this book was inspiring (but then again, I'm the target audience, but more on that later). After reading Cabot and Walravens’ work, I was left with a renewed sense of energy to work harder, stay the course and do everything in my power to support my sisters in technology startups.

While it took me a few weeks to process and reflect on the stories of successful (and not so successful) women, I definitely feel I understand the challenges of the start-up world a bit better.

Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girly-girls/divas who think comp sci is for nerds

I felt like this book is marketed to girly-girls with the goal of convincing them that you can still live a glamourous and fashionable life while working in the tech industry - that you don't need to look or act like a geek or nerd if you work in tech.

For a book that's supposed to empower women to pursue careers in tech, or to promote women to pursue work or studies in the computer sciences, it sure focused a lot on female stereotypes. There was a lot of emphasis on fashion, glamourous lif
Karen Catlin
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book is a broad look at the individuals and groups across the US who are working to change the gender ratio in tech. The authors' collected these stories and expertly wove them together, providing us with insight into a powerful grassroots movement of women entrepreneurs and technologists who are inspiring and enabling more women to enter and stay in the industry.

I happen to be one of the technologists interviewed for the book. And while I already focus my professional time and energy on ad
Danielle Prielipp
Excuse my while I run away to learn all the techie things. It's so important to have women in tech, and Cabot/Walravens provide a wealth of examples of women who are doing great things in their field, despite the challenges presented by it being a very "bro-y" (my word, not theirs) culture. ...more
Madeline Stevens
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Lynsey, for gifting me such an important book. Below are, in my opinion, some of the most important excerpts. The last two are the ones that hit the hardest.

Pg.19- “When you see it that way, you see how, very clearly, a system defaulted to highlighting and rewarding white men is a self perpetuating nightmare for women.”

Pg. 84- “The return on equity of public companies with diverse boards is 15 to 20% better than those that have no diversity.”- Theresia Gouw

Pg. 106- “The pressure for
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I paged through / skimmed a digital copy given to me by the publisher through Netgalley. Thank you.

This is a great book for anyone - women especially - interested in entrepreneurship or the current status of feminism & women in the tech industry.

It uses examples of real female entrepreneurs to discuss relevant topics including the history of women in tech, confidence, marketing and work-life balance. This is not a how-to manual. It's a discussion that serves as inspiration & motivation. A coupl
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was okay, because...
... it felt as if I was reading a very lengthy magazine article
... yes, the fashion descriptions do start to get on my nerves after page 80
... It's more about female entrepreneurs and not really about geek girls
... and yes, after half of it I put it to the side and was glad I didn't have to read on.
I read The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work right before I read this, which was really helpful as Geek Girl does point out some of the unconscious biases against women in the tech industry, and some of the ways women are both conforming to the norm to succeed and breaking free of the norm to be themselves. The authors quote Sharon Vosmek, who is the CEO of an angel network and fund, "'there's a danger in teaching women to conform to the demands of the curr ...more
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This had some useful information for a woman working in tech, though the breathless optimism so typical of tech-related writing is wearisome. And the fact that she consistently described the women she profiled by their clothing, nail polish, and jewelry was offensive and, I thought, counterproductive -- unless she was trying to counter some notion that girly girls can't also do tech.

The profile of the founders of The Muse was amusing without being aware of its own irony -- as a "cool company tha
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Co-authors Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens set out to highlight the sisterhood of the tech world - the women who are banning together to empower young women to pursue careers in tech and create more opportunities for women in the field. While the concept of the book is interesting and I think, important, the book felt a little disjointed for me.

The book starts with a large focus on female entrepreneurs and then female investors who a
I wanted to like this book, but halfway through I had already counted 12 instances where a remarkable, successful woman was introduced by a description of what she was wearing. That made me what to stop reading. I decided to finish it in order to give it a fair chance. I counted a total of 21 in the whole book.

Let's look at instance #16. Do we really need to spend precious text (and reader's time) on the following lines to describe Sheryl Sandberg?

"With her Starbucks Grande in hand, the leader
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
"(especially against the dramatic backdrop of the polarizing 2016 presidential race and Donald Trump's win)."
What does this have to do with anything the book is about?!? Am I wrong in assuming the book was written by liberals who just had to get a dig in at the President they don't like? Somehow this statement doesn't sound like something a conservative or even neutral party would include in a book that has nothing to do with who the President is. I am very concerned with what I am seeing happe
Ann Rufo
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was a child I was excessively concerned that there would be no scientists in my generation. Somehow I had realized that for society to really advance and succeed there needed to be scientists and mathematicians and inventors, and I already had a pretty strong feeling that I was not going to be one of them. My parents were not scientists. My entire family was humanities leaning and if we had creativity, it tended toward the artistic and literary (3/4ths of us would end up lawyers). So I wo ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. . This is not a how-to manual. This book takes a broad look at the individuals and the groups that are across the US who are working toward change. The authors' collected stories and have woven them together to provide u ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to get a kind of survey of girls and woman who are out there is the tech world in some way, trying to create something. It is unclear who the audience was meant to be or exactly what the authors were hoping for readers to take away. I personally came away thinking there were some cool apps and educational options out there that I should take a look at. And also that things really haven't progressed that much. I graduated with a computer science degree in 1984 which apparently ...more
Tara L. Campbell
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Packed with a lot of anecdotes and stories, the book does a pretty good job of making a case for the positive movement of women in tech. It's encouraging that the authors drew attention to the current problem which isn't a lack of interest or college majors, it's the mid-career dropout rate. I'm there now and having a hard time finding a reason to stay in the field so it's nice to know it's not just me.

My only complaint with the book is that while there were plenty of rags-to-riches stories, tho
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about "STEMinists"! Up until now I have only read a few articles about women in tech, and the horrors they face. This book was a really good introduction to more about that, but also to the great things that women are doing in tech, and how they are supporting each other. I appreciated how much research and time the authors put into this book, it made for an interesting read for sure. The only thing I didn't like was when they would describe the women's looks that they ...more
Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 4.5

"It's okay to be a Princess, but Princesses can make their own castles." This last line of Geek Girl Rising does such a good job summarizing the message and vibe of this book. This book is a celebration of the tech related accomplishes of women from every walk of life. Single moms, queer women of color, rich investors. This book is such a well written and concise summary of every kind of woman on the tech industry and I really enjoyed it and I learned alot. It isn't a new favor
Nura Yusof
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Stopped at page 70. Just could not finish this. So far, from what I've read, the book has been a collection of stories strung together by the hardships they faced being in the tech industry. I was really hard pressed to learn anything beyond keeping up your perseverance and surrounding yourself with great support. And I have a feeling the rest of the book would probably continue in the same vein. The other thing that struck me about the book is the importance of women sticking up for each other ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I stopped this book after the very first paragraph. Before the very first sentence. Here it is : "Who would have guessed that on Super Bowl Sunday, America's manliest night of the year, the issue of women in tech would get some much needed airtime." I admit I bring prejudice against Goldieblox, since their whole concept of "here are STEM toys that appeal to GIRLS! Gasp!" is annoying, but calling Super Bowl Sunday "America's manliest night?' WTF? I'm surprised there wasn't a recipe for snacks tha ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much, I finished it over the weekend. I was familiar with many of the groups, companies and individuals mentioned within but learned about a few. I especially enjoyed the author describing how fashionable some of the women were dressed and feel like it added to the book. It's no secret many tech companies use the casual or business casual dress code and while there's nothing wrong with jeans and a t, some individuals enjoy wearing skirts, pumps and dresses. Changing the Cu ...more
Deborah Martinez
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Well researched and detailed exploration of women that are breaking new ground in terms of entrepreneurship and technology.

The authors explore the barriers that have existed in the past and linger in the present, the struggles particular to women in the tech world. It is sad to me that it is 2017 and this is still the issue - let's move forward and empower young women to go into technology fields, the pay is good, and they are capable. I know a lot is being done to encourage young girls and wom
Cassie Buckner
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Major takeaways:

* I made the right decision leaving mortgage and heading to tech (even though it is mortgage tech).
* I need to learn code.
* We need to continue to empower our fellow female rock stars to realize there is more than just makeup and clothes for us to pursue. STEM is ours.
* Boys clubs exist in a lot of places.
* We need to look in our communities and make sure CS opportunities are available to our youth.
* Why didn't I want to pursue CS? I loved typing out DOS commands.
* Join or die.
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Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom and speaks to audiences nationwide on the topic of work-life success, including groups ...more

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