This summer has been a great time for my own exploration and personal growth. I began my first technical internship, and with that discovered a real love of software development and design. I started following women's issues in the media a lot more than I previously had. I recently attended a Boston Girl Geek Dinner and was introduced to the Violet Society.
I am young and new to all of this. My ideas on what it means to be a woman in tech are still so nebulous and in the early stages of forming. I would love to write an inspiring piece on my own journey and how my gender and my passions interplay, but that piece is a rough draft locked away in a dusty corner of my mind and not quite ready to be shared.
Someday I'm sure I'll be ready to put all my thoughts on the subject into words for all to see. Keep an eye out for my memoir! For now, I just hope to point you in the direction of some women I admire who have already written pieces that eloquently express much of the jumble parading around in my brain.
Ellen Chisa ('10) has experience at both Microsoft and Kickstarter and is heading off to Harvard in the fall!
Ellen Chisa '10 has some excellent posts on gender and tech over in the Gender section of her writing samples.
Nikki Lee (also '10) often writes about her experiences as a woman in tech.
One more post from a beloved alumna, Kelsey Breseman '13 talks about the interesting dynamic at play between feminism and tech as a "non-technical" identifying female.
Tracy Chou, a female engineer at Pinterest, asks for more realistic reporting on numbers of women in the tech world. Her post also links to a GitHub where reported numbers are being stashed, best viewable in this spreadsheet.
Co.LABS has a great curation of older postings on women in tech. The top post is a beautiful expose on how being a woman in tech can often be a challenging and lonely experience.
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap is an upcoming documentary worth keeping an eye on, but until it's out the director has a great blog on their site, where she points to relevant and current articles on the issue.
If radio is more your thing than the traditional written word, you may enjoy listening to NPR's series on women tech innovators.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, gave a great TED talk on why there are so few women leaders and advice on how to reach the top as a female.
A "How To" on hiring women aimed at the tech companies that are currently failing to do so.
This final article argues that hiring more women isn't as much of a problem as first fixing the treatment of women already in the field.
Nikki Lee ('10) is a project manager at Microsoft and owner of this adorable cat!
With those last few crumb trails leading you toward some great food for thought, my mini-series on all things women, geek, and tech wraps up. I hope that you have been enlightened or inspired or at least had a fun time coming along for the ride! Have an article on the subject that you'd like to share? Send it along to Sally Phelps or Suzanne Alcott in Post-Graduate Planning, and we can add it to this collection.