I have yet to work a job in tech. So far, the majority of my tech experience is Twitter-based. My twitter feed is full of amazingly supportive, helpful, and positive people of all genders. I was overjoyed to see my first conference, All Things Open 2019, looked a lot like my diverse Twitter experience.
I have since been to a few meetups. That's when I realized that my tech Twitter experience may not exactly be the most accurate view of tech. The meetups I've been to were at least 90% masculine. This was part of the reason I didn't want to go to meetups. Who wants to be the only woman walking into a room full of men?
The one meetup was organized by @ladyleet , so I knew I wouldn't be alone. But what a crazy concept that I should be thinking about anything other than whether or not the content of the meetup might be useful!
I'm not super sure what would be a surefire way to have more equality in tech. I do have some ideas:
- invite womxn friends to attend/speak at meetups/conferences
- introduce tech to children in fun ways, but don't force it
- don't let womxn skip events due to childcare
- make sure womxn see other womxn doing technical things
- flexible work schedules (thank my spouse for this one)
Thanks to @pachicodes for the title that I blatantly stole and made my own.