About the book

Why is this project important?


The under-representation of great Black women leaves Black women and young Black girls to accomplish their goals without role models or confidence. Therefore, an increase in representation is imperative to raise inspiration. Also, new research suggests that more than half of the UK workforce lack essential digital skills needed for work, raising fears that the country is heading toward a digital skills shortage as employers begin ramping up their post-pandemic recruitment efforts.

‘The Voices in the Shadow’ aims to showcase the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK who impacted the tech industry. In turn, it gives Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.

What do we intend to do?


  •  We will design a creative book. 51 stories will be part of the hard copy but we intend to extend the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story comes with an interactive section that will be revealed to the readers.
  • We will get 300 books printed and distributed for FREE towards 300 schools across the UK.
  •  For Black History Month, our book launch event will take place on the 28th of October 2021. We will have a series of talks where speakers and panellists share their journey, guidance and so much more.
  •  Throughout the year, we will carry out activities to connect scholars and the women of the book. For example, digital or in school storytelling events.
  •  Throughout the year, we will measure the impact of the book and produce a report which will present insights and data about the book initiative, and scholars’ aspirations to start a career in technology. The report will be made available to the government, media, schools, and companies


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Words From The Digital & Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage:

“It’s important children know they can do anything in life, and books like Voices in the Shadows can help them discover new role models and inspire them to aim for the stars.”

“We are committed to working with the industry to create a more diverse tech sector which is positive for society, makes good business sense and helps ensure tech works for everyone.”

Our Sponsors

Our book launch event is sponsored by Facebook. Communities bring the world closer together. They transcend borders, overcoming obstacles to unite neighbours, friends, and families. People from all backgrounds—with diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas—rely on Facebook to build community. Building a diverse team where everyone belongs is crucial to understanding where we’re succeeding and where we need to do better.

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3 Colours Rule’s passion is to grow tech companies by improving their brand value, positioning, credibility, and awareness. We embark on a journey of passion with you. Our branding and marketing agency, specialising in technology, help tech companies develop a brand that truly represents who they are so your dreams can be the foundation of a brighter future for all.

Simply put, our award-winning agency will free up their time so they can focus on doing what they do best, and continue to attract their ideal clients, talent and investors.

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We are a Diversity and Inclusion Services organisation founded to move the needle faster in driving fairer workplaces and opportunities. Through two brands – BAME Recruitment & Consulting and, our purpose-led careers platform – we have built a reputation for being a supportive but critical partner to organisations that are ready to welcome difference and diversity.

Founded by Cynthia Davis in 2015, we are Black female majority-owned and committed to creating a fair and just society where everyone has equal access to opportunities. We believe in challenging the status quo to provide inclusive employment processes, which is why we partner with a broad range of companies to provide the tools, insights and audience needed to make real and tangible progress.

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Sponsor us - Opportunities open until 31st of August 2021

If one of your company goals is to improve diversity and be involved in a project with a long-lasting impact, this project is for you. Associate your brand with a timeless project that will positively impact multiple generations. The Voices in The Shadow will change the narrative towards Black Women, improve diversity at levels and increase the interest in a tech career within the young Black community.

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