Ann Friedman’s article on Medium.com about sexism and hiring practices in the technology industry concentrates on some of the problems women currently face in the profession. She also suggests a new IT professional archetype and lists three steps that have enabled businesses committed to more diverse hiring to find qualified, highly skilled women – and men! – for their ranks. One specific quotation stood out to me. Kellan Elliott-McCrea, chief technology officer at Etsy, states that
“[t]he men who come into our organization who are excited about the fact that we have diversity as a goal are generally the people who are better at listening, they’re better at group learning, they’re better at collaboration, they’re better at communication, they’re particularly the people you want to be your engineering managers and your technical leads”
Because why wouldn’t being open to and curious about experiences different from your own make you more receptive to new ideas and, therefore, more creative.
Reddit user hitokirivader created a tribute to the evolution of Superman and Batman costumes we’ve seen on tv and movie screens. For good measure, hitokirivader added the evolution of Wonder Woman’s costume as well:
hitokirivader on Reddit.
That is epically depressing, but unfortunately I can’t say it’s atypical.
Teresa Muñoz set out to enter video game design despite no previous experience. Her persistence paid off: she worked her way up to her current position as Q/A Lead and Associate Producer for a video game design firm in Bogota, Columbia. She advises prospective female video game designers thus:
“You have to know the basics of programming, but don’t have to be an expert. At college they don’t teach you how to program video games, they just teach you how to code. You don’t have to be a great programmer to get in – don’t let that stop you. You just have to have the skills to become great.”
Haymara Palma, who currently works as a lead programmer and specialist with Flash and Unity 3D technology, says this:
“It’s true that the majority of this field is handled by men, but in the last few years, women are getting stronger every day. It’s a very interesting and fun field. Once in, you will never want to get out.”