We’re out there. We may not see each other in our computer science courses or in our offices at work or while roaming around technology conferences -- but we know we’re out there. Here is where we find each other.
I have been to a lot of tech conferences and hackathons over the years. I’ve heard a lot of things said. That means I’m more desensitized than others but it doesn’t make it ok. Here I could go into all sorts of comparisons on things I could say around guys to make them uncomfortable but that’s not the point of this post.
There is something about crushing a little kid’s dream that gets me really angry.
Women in technology need consistant messaging from birth through retirement they are welcome, competent and valued in the industry.
Let’s unify the message to our daughters and to the women developers we work with:
“We want you to be here and we will do our best to welcome you into the world of programming.”
What has to change is that everyone must take personal accountability and speak up when they hear something that isn’t ok. It takes three words to make a difference:
“That’s not cool.”
Not all men at tech conferences are like these guys.
Not every woman who attends a tech conference is a victim in waiting.
We need to build bridges and be aware of our actions and not discount that our words carry weight. A guy in my PyCon sprint group today shared a beautiful French proverb today:
“Live a good life then make room for others.”
Yesterday the future of programming was on the line and I made myself heard.