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Nevertheless, Gift Egwuenu Coded ✨

lauragift21 profile image Gift Egwuenu ・1 min read

No, I don't sit on my computer every day playing games or whatnot!

Yes, I am an engineer. Women can also be engineers :)

The assumptions from non-tech or technical friends that I am not qualified to be an engineer because of my gender is sickening and I get tired of defending my work or what I do for a living.

What I wish was a norm in tech

A space where anyone can thrive regardless of your gender, race or color. We should all see ourselves as capable and not discriminate based on one's traits. I see a lot of improvements in tech with initiatives for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community but there's still more work to be done and we all can achieve this collectively by making an effort.

I have experience

In building web experiences that are accessible for all users using web technologies like Vue, Reactjs, and CSS. I have a strong passion for teaching what I know and learning from the process as well and I commit a lot of my time in doing that. I write, give talks, host events and make videos on things related to the web, career growth and my life as a frontend engineer.

To all the allies out there I'll leave you with these key actions:

  • Pivot our voices.

  • Be kind.

  • Speak up when you can and stand up for what's not right.

I love my career as an engineer and I won't trade it for anything ❤️❤️❤️

Posted on Mar 5 by:

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Gift Egwuenu

@lauragift21

Frontend engineer based in Lagos Nigeria. I'm passionate about making the web accessible to everyone and also an advocate for building open-source software and developer communities.

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Amazing piece Gift. Thanks for all you do for the dev community. Your work inspire me I admire you a lot.

A quick edit, we stand up to/against what is not right and for what is right. For the sake of persons who swallow words line by line🤗

 

Thanks Amara :) will update

 

These days I wrote and article here where I complain about questioning myself about my skills and learning. After reading your article I realized that I don't have the issue of "technical friends saying that I am not qualified to be an engineer because of my gender" as you mentioned. So in my case, if I was a woman, probably I would already given up of tech due to those bad comments that men do.

As a man, I'm trying to learn from you women, and texts like yours helps a lot.

Thanks!

 

Thanks for doing what you do and making this community better with your voice and contributions!

 
 

“Pivot our voices” 👏 I love it!