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I missed it. I started coding in grade 4, but mostly abandoned it over the years for other passions (and, of course, stigma that girls don't tech.) I also wanted to feel more confident and capable in my job as a QA Analyst, and also because I love learning.
Getting involved in tech/dev communities, applying for and attending events, identifying myself as an engineer, and committing to and completing code courses.
Take the lead in allyship for women and other marginalized groups. Inspired by this tweet:
April Wensel@aprilwenselThis isn't my first day being a woman on Twitter. I have the receipts...
(screenshot is a reply to my thread about EQ and bias and tech: twitter.com/aprilwensel/st…)17:07 PM - 06 Mar 2019April Wensel @aprilwensel“You can’t possibly be good at coding and people.” So over this attitude… Since people keep spreading this nonsense, please know: you don’t have to let their limiting beliefs hold you back. Technical/non-technical is a false dichotomy—you can create the unique path you want.
I hope to continue seeing men stand up as allies when they see this sort of behavior toward women. Seeing others stand up this way empowers and teaches me how I can use my privilege to better advocate and ally for other marginalized groups as well and feel less scared.
(Does this sound like you? April shares some tips too!)
April Wensel@aprilwenselOther actions:
- Keep an eye out for this sort of disrespectful behavior throughout your org and say something when you see it.
- Rally behind inclusion efforts.
- Amplify the voices of women and other marginalized groups in your org who have likely been similarly dismissed.16:52 PM - 06 Mar 2019