You Are Not “Too Pretty to Code”

He meant it as a compliment, and I’m sure he thought I’d think he was charming when he said I was “too pretty to code,” but I took it for what it really was: an ignorant devaluing of my intelligence. Continue reading You Are Not “Too Pretty to Code”

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GHC14 Day 2 – Megan Smith, Maria Klawe and Satya Nadella take the Stage

Summing up the morning keynotes in one emotion: awe. The surprise speaker that GHC had kept a secret until she walked out on stage was, as I expected, the new CTO of the United States of America, Megan Smith. What … Continue reading GHC14 Day 2 – Megan Smith, Maria Klawe and Satya Nadella take the Stage

Half of the T. Rexes Were Girls

Here in the tech world us girls face a lot of weird stereotyping statements like “You don’t look like a programmer,” or, “You can do the presentations, we’ll do the code.” Those stereotypes are there partly because of the nature of the industry – there’s no denying there are way more males than females in tech – and partly because of the way we were raised, with strict-ish gender roles engrained in our little heads in ways we may not have realized. Today I’m happy to introduce an incredible initiative working hard to shift the way we teach our kids about … Continue reading Half of the T. Rexes Were Girls