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The Good Side of Being a Woman in Technology

Nowadays, we women are a minority in technology but this has not always been the case. There are several stories of women who have revolutionized technology such as Ada Lovelace, Frances Bilas, Grace Hopper, Jennings Bartik, Joan Clarke, Margaret Hamilton, Shirley Ann Jackson and Shon Harris.

Certainly, all of them have had difficulties and just like them, many of us have experienced prejudice, moral abuse and even sexuality.

Recently we saw the case of the Google software engineer who was fired after perpetuating gender stereotypes through a text where he criticized the diversity policies of the company in which he worked.

It is common to see reports of women who have sad stories to tell and I can relate even though I only have 3 years of experience in IT. However, today I want to highlight the good parts! The parts I love and other women might also love.

I learned to overcome myself every day!
Technology is fast paced, and being in an area that changes and evolves constantly has forced me to study, read, and explain things that I never expected. I constantly feel obliged to go beyond my limits and I jump at the opportunity to learn something new.

I discovered the fantastic world of communities!
There are many global communities that encourage women’s work in IT.
Being part of a community makes me feel included in that environment. It helps surround me with people I can learn from and who can learn from me.
Find the one you feel comfortable with and join it! You won’t regret it.

I’ve come to believe in myself more.
Working in tech showed me how to get through a lot of difficult situations and helped me build my resilience. At the beginning these challenges were discouraging, but now they are motivating. I see them as challenges to be overcome.

I learned to share knowledge!
Learning is very good but teaching others is even better. It’s amazing to know that what I taught someone was helpful and somehow made a difference in their academic or professional lives. It also solidifies the my own knowledge of the area.

I received encouragement from communities and companies!
Several times I have been able to attend incredible events and wonderful courses with financial incentives from companies and communities that seek to promote the inclusion of women in technology.

I learned to program!
Programming didn’t come easy for me in my first university courses. I had to work hard to learn it, but I did. I loved seeing that what I had developed was useful to other people. I began to feel important because my work was contributing to society in a positive and productive way.

Even though some days are tough, I love my career. I love the support I have received from teachers, friends, and co-workers. I am grateful to the men and women who continue to fight to bring equality to the tech industry.

If you are interested in joining a community are some cool ones that I recommend:

PHPWomen
PyLadies
WWDC Girls
Code Like a Girl
Women Who Code
Women Techmakers

Hopefully, some of my experience will motivate you to try programming as a career choice! Believe me, you are capable and you are not alone!