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"Women Of Silicon Valley" Is An Even Cooler "Humans Of New York"

One Stanford student's intiative to spotlight inspiring women in tech.

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Lea Coligado, a computer science student at Stanford, got the idea to start her website Women of Silicon Valley after noticing that the public image of the tech world was "invariably male."

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"Over the past couple years, I've come into contact with some awesome women in tech through Stanford or work, and I kept thinking to myself, why have I never heard of them before?" Coligado tells BuzzFeed.

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In the same vein as sites like Humans of New York, Women of Silicon Valley posts photos of remarkable people alongside brief interviews with them on its Facebook page.

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Coligado says most of the featured women (among whom are Tracy Chou from Pinterest and Sara Mauskopf of Postmates) are sent to her as nominations by friends or followers.

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"Knowing that these women who are now in positions of immense power have faced the same demeaning comments I have, or felt the same crappy feelings I felt, has given me more optimism for Silicon Valley than I could have expected," Caligado says.

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"As a woman who's worked in almost entirely male environments, I know being able to look up to someone is crucial for getting through rough patches, for feeling a sense of belonging to your work," she says.

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Coligado says her dream subjects are Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, and Laura Weidman Powers, the CEO and co-founder of CODE2040.

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