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This new app Takes the Racial Bias out of Tech job Hiring

It’s no surprise that Black women in the tech industry struggle with discrimination when searching for a good job. they have the double edged sword of being both Black and a woman.

Well Stephanie Lampkin knew that struggle all too well and decided that she was going to do something about it.

According to Black Main Street Lampkin has an engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from MIT and even before that could code at 13 and knew computer programming by 15; but when she tried her hand at a tech job in the prestigious silicone valley she was turned away and told her background wasn’t technical enough. Even more so they told her to focus on a job in sales or marketing.

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Despite that setback Lampkin was soon hired at Microsoft, but five years later it seemed like she couldn’t shake the feeling that she wasn’t originally hired because she was a Black woman.

Instead of silently wondering, Lampkin took matter into her own hands and Blendoor was born.

Blendoor is a job search app that allows people searching for jobs in the technology sector to upload resumes and hide their name and photo from potential employers.

This way the bias that comes with a “white sounding” name is taken out of the equation.

The app is set to go live at SXSW on March 11th for beta testing and Lampkin has already gotten buy-ins from 19 big tech firms and the number is only growing!

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Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.