Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand
Sit With Me invites you to recognize the important role that women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others.
The Sit With Me campaign strives to:
- Inspire women in computing and IT
- Recognize the value of women's technical contributions
- Embrace women's important perspectives and increase their participation
- Imagine designing technology that is as broad and creative as the people it serves
Sit With Me was created by members of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit coalition that works to increase diversity in computing and IT with creative direction from marketing and branding firm BBMG. Microsoft is excited to partner with NCWIT on this important campaign.
Why "Sit With Me"
In the following photographs, the red chair these Microsoft employees sit in represents a partnership of collaboration and innovation: each chair is made in Hanover, PA from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles and is designed to last 150 years.
“I sit because I like to make the impossible possible through computer science and I believe the world’s greatest challenges can be solved with computer science! We need more women solving these problems.”
—Rane Johnson, Education and Scholarly Communication principal research director, Microsoft Research Connections
“I work in Microsoft Research. I’d like to encourage more women to get into research. Not only is research a great way to make a big impact on people and the world, the research world is better the more that women are involved!
—Peter Lee, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research Redmond
“I sit with you because I want you to know that you are not alone in your cause. I stand by you because I believe your cause is just. I embrace you to show that the feelings you have for this cause are close to my heart. I take a leap of faith with you hoping the future will reveal that we no longer need a chair to support our cause.”
—JC Cannon, privacy program manager, Microsoft
“Three reasons why women should consider computer science: Ada Lovelace and the Babbage Engine, the first programmers of the ENIAC were women, and Grace Hopper, creator of COBOL and programmed the Mark I Calculator.”
—Curtis Wong, principal researcher, Microsoft Research Connections
“We need robust contributions from women invested in computer science, to ensure that, as computing continues to be refined and improved in the twenty-first century, those advances are achieved in the most optimal of circumstances: with the perspective of all people taken into account. We need more women to become captivated by the challenges computer science has to offer. Opportunities abound—all that must be done is to make them increasingly apparent and enticing to the many capable, brilliant women who could be interested.”
—Rob Knies, managing editor/senior writer, Microsoft Research Redmond
“We are still in the very early days of understanding what computers can do and how they will change our lives. All of society needs to participate in creating our future. It is so exciting that I could barely sit still in this chair!”
—Kathryn S McKinley, principal researcher, Microsoft Research Redmond
“I sit to encourage more women in computing, while I was Dean of Engineering at the University of Southampton, I started a Women in Engineering organization. Today, I support the outreach we do to grow women in computing in Microsoft Research.”
—Tony Hey, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research Connections
"I sit because I have the coolest job in the world inventing technology for homes and families. Whatever your dream, technology can help enable it. Come invent with me!"
—A.J. Brush, senior researcher