Women In Tech: What A Myth

“You don’t look like a software developer”

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that statement my pockets would weigh heavy, full of the extra money I’ve made (and I’m sure many can relate). I first noticed the lack of women in this industry in my Data Structures and Algorithms class at Florida State. Slowly but surely through the semesters, the female population died off in the conquest to obtain a Computer Science degree. Either they were never truly CS majors, and only had to take Programming I and Object Oriented for their Actuarial Science and Computer Criminology degrees; or they got to Object Oriented and said, “Information Technology seems to be a lot easier.” And there I was in a room of 100+ students and I was 1 of 5 girls. Swell. But I fought until the end and it sure has become a true passion of mine.

The battle wasn’t easy at all. Doing group projects with people who undermine your intelligence, or even having teachers and employers doubt your capabilities can be pretty discouraging. But I will never forget the day I announced my job offer with Microsoft. Its like time stopped. The stares were the funniest part. Some people looked confused, some looked surprised and others were just in awe.  

“You….. got a job…… with Microsoft?”

It was probably the most triumphant day of my undergraduate career. But that feeling does not compare to the feeling of finding out the myth of women in tech is true! We are real, we are smart and we are a force to reckon with. When you find someone who understands your struggles but is just as passionate as you are… it works wonders. The constant inspiration of “she did it, so can I,” has constantly been a driving force to me. Currently I am blessed to be a part of a team where women are dominant figures and are really making a difference in the field.

So to all the women out there who love technology, innovation, and get excited at the thought of setting up a circuit board, who are creating a new web app or simply innovating in any way possible… Thank you. You are all paving the way for girls like us and continuing to be a much needed inspiration.

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One thought on “Women In Tech: What A Myth

  1. eclecticnancy says:

    I’ve been there too, and I am still there. I was a nontraditional student and I have a nontraditional work history. I received solid A’s in CS classes and extremely high performance reviews at work. Now I’m unemployed (our office was bought, then closed), in need of updated skills, and currently lack a good plan for marketing my strengths. I’m glad that you found a team where you are both respected and encouraged toward future growth.

    The day you announced your job offer sounds like one day I sat in the hallway at school after dropping my kids at daycare. “Back in the day” the profs posted grades on their doors. (In those days we had the Internet but not the Web.) The usual group of hotshot young boys was gathering around the door looking at cumulative scores and trying to figure out who was beating whom, and there was an unknown at the top of the sheet. No one had the top score. After eavesdropping a while, I piped up from the sidelines, “That’s me.” Those stares are memorable and priceless, aren’t they.

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