August 26th saw the launch of the Dutch chapter of Women in Voice International
. This global movement, founded by Joan Palmiter Bajorek, aims to empower women and diverse people that work in the voice technology field, build a strong and solidary community, and provide opportunities for professional growth and development.
Maaike Groenewege, initiator of the Dutch chapter: “Ever since I trained as a linguist, I’ve been fascinated by language, speech and voice. Like many women out there, I’m only just transitioning into voice and conversational design. So when I heard about Women in Voice, I really liked the idea of connecting like-minded women and create a space for learning, sharing and support.
I love that we’re really riding the wave right now: we’ve formed a strong core team of 10 ambitious women who all committed to making this community thrive, and our Slack group WiVNL has just welcomed its 30th member. Even though we’re still installing the organisational plumbing, some pivotal themes are already emerging, like the gender data gap, an issue that becomes more pressing now that AI is increasingly shaping our day-to-day lives.
[Side note: if you want to know more about how data bias has affected women throughout the decades, we highly recommend reading Caroline Criado Perez’ Invisible women - exposing data bias in a world designed for men, a truly eye opening read on this topic]
We’ll spend the next few weeks consolidating our community, reaching out to potential partners and sponsors, and of course: planning our opening event, which we expect to host early november. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming women and allies!
Want to join the Dutch Women in Voice movement?