He told me that I got my job as a software engineering intern because I am a woman, and that my classmate (who attended the same bootcamp as me) got his job because he is smart. I got very angry. Not because he was so illogical and bigoted, but because it's not true. And I bet, it isn't true for any woman reading this.
I code because I am someone's daughter. Because my father is succumbing to dementia and has no assets or little external aid. Because as I succeed, as I struggle, his struggles will be diminished. His sacrifices to us will be, not repaid, but honored.
I code because I am a student. I love to learn and explore and awaken to new ways of seeing the world and the problems in it.
I code because I am a helper. I like to share what I learn with others, bring them up and encourage them. Like my mentor, Vanessa, said to me, "Never close the door behind you."
I code because I am loved. Each and every friend who encouraged me, each and every mentor who empowered me, helped me be a woman who nevertheless, she codes.
to never let your struggles define you. You are not the woman who weeps, the woman who hurts or hungers, they who are in pain... You are powerful because of those struggles, you are transformed and unbeatable.