It is a fact that most legal tech start-ups started in social media platforms are generally dominated by men.
A few weeks ago, I was privileged to talk to a group of distinct people in two separate conferences in Chicago. At the first conference, I talked about two topics that fall within my area of expertise.
I started with cloud computing for lawyers and then addressed cybersecurity risks faced by many lawyers in their course of operations.
However, my main focus today is on the presentation that I did at the Legal Tech Summit. At that conference, I seemed to completely move away from my normal presentations – that mainly focus on how and why lawyers should embrace technology in their workspaces.
I instead chose to talk more on the theme of the summit – closing the gap within legal tech. I tried to find a way through which the voices of women can be amplified within this particular area.
Women in Legal Tech
When I was starting to create my presentation, my main goal was to come up with a strong message that would serve as a call to action for people willing to support women in legal tech online. But before doing that, let me clarify on a few things.
As mentioned earlier, women face myriads of challenges online as far as amplifying their voices is concerned. For instance, most women who get started in legal tech have to deal with both their work as well as manage their families.
Consequently, most women are left behind in most professional networks both online and offline. I have had personal experience over the years and I believe that many other women experience the same challenge – although there could be some exceptions.
Considering that networking isn’t always a priority for most women, they are often left behind in different online and offline legal networking platforms. This eventually leaves most of such platforms mostly dominated by men.
I, therefore, decided to come up with this (legal tech) hashtag since it presented a mathematical concept that personified amplification.
How is the Hashtag going to work?
• Use the hashtag – All women in the legal fraternity together with their supporters should use the hashtag whenever they want to call upon people within their tribes to share a particular social media post widely.
• Follow the hashtag – Whoever wants to support women in legal tech should follow the hashtag. You can do this by running searches on your select social media platform or by coming up with a column on Tweetdeck.
• Amplify the message – Share or retweet any post that uses this hashtag. By doing this, the voices of women in legal tech will be heard across different networks other than their own.
This is, therefore, my goal – let us use this hashtag to try and raise the voice of women in legal tech. There’s nothing impossible when we all come together for a greater cause, such as this. I believe that the results at the end of it will be tremendous.