If I could talk to my twenty-year-old self, I would tell her this: Girl, it's going to be tough, but we'll get through it. I don't need to tell you that computers and robots are awesome. I don't need to tell you it's fun to try things out—you're privileged and gritty enough to have been doing that for years already. Math and physics are easy. Programming is easy, if you know what courses to take and have a good mentor. (Yes, the Internet counts as a good mentor.) The work is easy. Hell, you'll be mentoring boys. It's everything else that's tough. Tough is not a reason to not do it, of course. I'm a firm believer of doing things the right way, not just
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Kaja Sadowski of Valkyrie Women Martial Arts Assembly, wrote this awesome essay on equality: When Equal Isn't Equal, or Why Doesn't My School Have More Women It is all, of course, applicable to other industries and areas of life. A very eloquent reminder that treating everyone equally isn't necessarily equitable.
Hats off to Daisie for sharing this podcast: When Women Stopped Coding I'm one of those lucky gals who had a software engineering father. He brought home computers to tinker with and we had internet dial-up as soon as it was available—way before any of my friends had computers. While I don't think my dad's particularly feminist, he's definitely pro-Fishtron and I'm so glad he and I took apart and put together computers together and read comic books in our free time. I'm conflicted about our toy selection at home. The rugrats being male, the toys that come into our lives tend to be trucks and cars and trains, with the occasional dinosaur. They each have stuffies that I strongly promote—and we make skirts