White men in digital - our privilege is blinding. Find Your Tribe: Women in Tech Communities around the World. Find Your Tribe: Women in Tech Communities — Women Who Code Community. “Communities that cater to women in technology provide a safe, comfortable environment for those entering the industry.
Through these communities women are able to find peers and mentors that enable them to advance their careers and code-related goals. Going on the journey to become a developer is a difficult one for anyone starting out but these groups and support systems help fill that journey with camaraderie and optimism.” – Allison McMillan, @allie_p, Rails Girls DC organizer When I started my career as a software developer in 2004, I was lucky to have a woman developer as a mentor. After my introduction to the industry, it took me seven years to have the opportunity to work with another woman developer. Some women can go through years in the tech industry and not even notice that they are one of the few. Inspiration: The Changing Face of Technology Women aren’t the norm in tech. . – Mariella Paulino, @MariellaPaulino, Girl Develop IT Chapter Lead.
The Sunday Rumpus Essay: How To Make Sure Your Writing Is Forgotten. 12 Things About Being A Woman That Women Won't Tell You. 7.
Tired We're tired. So, so tired. From the moment we grew our tits, we've been cat-called in the street; commented on by relatives ("Ooooh, she's big-boned"; "Well, you'll be a heart-breaker") as if we weren't standing there in front of them, hearing all this. We've seen our biggest female role-models and icons shamed in the press, over and over: computers hacked and nude pictures released; sex-tapes released. She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’ Photo Honolulu — OVER the past two decades as a professor, I’ve grown thousands of plants, studying how their biology shifts in response to our changing environment.
Soon I’ll begin to design and build my fourth laboratory; I’ll teach classes and take on more staff members, as I do every year. Like all professors, I also do a lot of extra jobs for which I was never trained, such as advising former students as they navigate the wider world. Last year, after one of my most talented students left to start her next adventure, she would text me now and then: “This is such a great place,” “I am learning so much here” and “I know this is where I am supposed to be.” Then, a month ago, she wrote and asked me what to do. Women are no longer a minority within higher education. Within my own field, physical sciences, the results of this shedding were clear. Plenty of explanations have been offered as to why women leave science, but the reason doesn’t appear to be performance. Putting out the Twitter trashfire.
Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender. When a group of computer science students decided to study the way that gender bias plays out in software development communities, they assumed that coders would be prejudiced against code written by women.
After all, women make up a very small percentage of software developers – 11.2% according to one 2013 survey – and the presence of sexism in all corners of the overwhelmingly male tech industry has been well documented. So the student researchers were surprised when their hypothesis proved false – code written by women was in fact more likely to be approved by their peers than code written by men. But that wasn’t the end of the story: this only proved true as long as their peers didn’t realise the code had been written by a woman. “Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless,” the study’s authors write. Based in San Francisco, GitHub is a giant repository of code used by over 12 million people. Quinnexperienced - Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges The Man... On Showing Up to the Table – beerops.
At Etsy, we have a monthly meeting called the Engineering Roundtable.
Hosted by the Staff Engineering group (members of higher levels of engineering at Etsy), this is an open meeting where anyone can show up and raise topics that they want to talk about with the wider engineering organization, rather than just specific teams. Sounds great, right? A little background: the Staff Engineering group is entirely male. Of the twenty-odd engineers at staff level or higher, none of them are women, and the majority of them are white. While Etsy has women in managerial–and even executive–positions in engineering there are no women in any of the top three engineering individual contributor levels. Code Ladies - A project inspired by Erynn Petersen's keynote at Drupalcon Austin 2014. Hi all, I have been a member of the Drupal community for almost seven years.
During that time I became a developer thanks to the help and support of the Drupal community, its many developers and people that have dedicated their time and support at the meetups, camps, and various other locations. The Core Belief Keeping Marginalized Groups Out of Tech by Dr. Nicole Forsgren & Jez Humble. “Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way.
The“Women in Tech” movement is full of victim blaming bullshit — Life Tips. The“Women in Tech” movement is full of victim blaming bullshit People seem to be endlessly debating the problem of women in tech, the lack of women in tech, and asking “Why?”.
As of now, the solution out there seems to be an almost endless amount of events for women. I want it to be clear- I love these events. But I have come to the conclusion that they aren’t going to solve anything. It is time to focus the work on holding the men in charge accountable- not just trying to do things to “help women”. Getting women to pitch more and better isn’t going to change the dynamic of investors being mainly men who like to invest in people like themselves. The problem is not women- we are “Leaning In” and showing up. Trying to force women back into a toxic environment isn’t going to work if the dynamics of the industry remain the same. Gent's Blog: The Petrie Multiplier: Why an Attack on Sexism in Tech is NOT an Attack on Men. If you don't think sexism in Tech and Computer Science is a major problem, you really have not been paying attention.
The seven links in the last sentence are to seven different incidents displaying appalling sexism - or worse - in Tech, so may upset you. And in case you feel my selection does not include some of the "best", i.e. worst, incidents, that's because I have selected these seven just from the last two months. So it's everybody's responsibility to attack sexism in Tech. Unfortunately, this can often be viewed as an attack on men. Trope Anatomy 101: Learn to Love Your Mary Sue. How Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage Invented the World’s First Computer: An Illustrated Adventure in Footnotes and Friendship. In 1843, Ada Lovelace — the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron — translated a scientific paper by Italian military engineer Luigi Menabrea titled Sketch of an Analytical Engine, adding seven footnotes to it.
Together, they measured 65 pages — two and half times the length of Menabrea’s original text — and included the earliest complete computer program, becoming the first true paper on computer science and rendering Lovelace the world’s first computer programmer. She was twenty-seven. About a decade earlier, Lovelace had met the brilliant and eccentric British mathematician Charles Babbage who, when he wasn’t busy teaming up with Dickens to wage a war on street music, was working on strange inventions that would one day prompt posterity to call him the father of the computer.
(Well, sort of.) Determined to shield young Ada from any expression of her father’s dangerous “poetical” influence, her mother instructed the young girl’s nurse: A Story of a Fuck Off Fund — The Billfold. You’re telling your own story: You graduated college and you’re a grown-ass woman now. Tina Fey is your spirit animal; Beyoncé, your preacher. You know how to take care of you. You’ve learned self-defense.
If any man ever hit you, you’d rip his eyes out. Another Strong Female? Sigh, Roll of the Eye... - H.M. Jones Writes. Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said to Me, Annotated. “Most girls aren’t into this kind of stuff.” Building my self-confidence at work. Building my self-confidence at work As a woman engineer, I often hear that we need more women role models in leadership positions. One reason is that they can inspire other women to come or stay in tech. My positive experience as a woman in tech. Women speaking up about the sexism they have experienced in tech is great for raising awareness about the issues.
I didn’t belong in tech.