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Thanks to other women, Pachi coded

Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)
πŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ I am your friendly developer relations personπŸ¦• #DevRel @newrelic; MoΓ§a de DevRel e co-fundadora da @feminis_tech πŸ’Œ Streamer, writer, EN && pt-BR🌟
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What equality in tech looks like, you asked?

Being welcomed and feeling like you belong...
Being respect...
Being a value team member.

I’m an expert at...

Hmmm... Explaining things in a natural and beginner-friendly way.

My advice for allies to support self-identifying women and non-binary folks who code is...

Now, why does being a woman in tech makes me a minority when we are half of the population? Doesn't that sound silly?
The thing is, for some reason, in tech we are.

And some people will tell me: women aren't in tech because they don't want to be,
Programming has nothing to do with gender.

And yes, Programming doesn't have to do with gender.
But mindset, opportunities, and biases do.

If Women see women in the field, it gives them a sense of "hey, there is space for me".
If Women see men respecting those women they get a sense of "hey, I am welcomed".

You often read that women give up in mid-career... I am a newbie so I can just guess why...

Because they have to try too hard?
Because they don't feel welcome?
Because they are just tired of the fight to keep their space?

On March 2020 I ask you:
Can you do anything to help us?

We can do it without your help, but Damm it would be nice if we had your help!

Just make space for us.
Help us feel safe and welcomed.
We aren't going anywhere folks, so we better be friends πŸ˜‚

Follow me on Twitter 😝


P.S. Shout out to :

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Who is just doing a great job as an ally and gives me hope on tech :)

Discussion (9)

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Vicki (she/they)

Yes! Yes! Yes! I love your comment about feeling like there is space for us. I know growing up I would've never ever imagined being a programmer. I'm not sure what the field actually looks like, but I know my Twitter and the conference I went to was full of amazing women. I can only hope it really is like that

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela) Author

That is why I am grateful for women like you! That are actively sharing their journeys!

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Vicki (she/they) • Edited

Awww, I feel the same! <3 <3

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Erika Heidi

Yessss this, a hundred times this. Representation matters, it makes all the difference! Feeling welcome, feeling like you belong. It is exhausting having to explain this over and over, why it's important, and how hard it can be when we are the only women in a team / audience / classroom.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experience here! Being welcomed, respected, and valued as a team member is such a humble expectation and you more than deserves this.

Wish you the best!

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela) Author

Thank you Michael! It really warms my heart to read your comment! ❀️

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Project-Magenta • Edited

what is #shecoded isnt this sexism please delete/ban this tag ben

ugh i didnt know the open source Community was this toxic

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela) Author

I am really sorry you feel this community is toxic, but #shecoded is the opposite of toxic.

It is a empowering way to support women and I inspire them.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) • Edited

Very well said β€” thanks for such a measured, calm response @pachicodes , that was seriously cool.

Agreed that #shecoded is absolutely the opposite of toxic. And to anyone reading on that hasn't looked at the DEV Code of Conduct, our stance on inclusion is very clear β€” we are an inclusive community.