Women in tech help awesomeness happen too!

I’m very proud to be a part of a minority, even if it is dwindling. It is certainly not as easy to be a woman in the technology field as it should be. There are a lot of challenges and stereotypes you typically have to overcome. This statement isn’t a newly discovered thing either, rather an age old battle which should have already been squashed.

Granted, I have to admit that most of the men in my office do know more than me regarding technology. It isn’t because of gender though. It’s because I work with geniuses and super knowledgable geeks & hackers. There are a lot of insanely intelligent women as well. That is because MetaGeek acknowledges that intelligence doesn’t tie with gender.

Hedy Lamarr is a great example for women in the tech industry. Despite not being mentioned in a lot of popular forums, blogs, & articles regarding how bluetooth was created, she assisted in the development of FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum.) She was an actress and a woman of science!

“The principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA andBluetooth technology, and this work led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.” (Wikipedia.)

You may have also heard about Marianna (one of my friends and co-workers),through this awesome article. (If you haven’t had a moment to read it then please do it. She is a true testament of a strong and goal oriented woman.)

Loving computers, technology, Wi-Fi, and just plain being a geek isn’t only a mans game. It is one that women have been silently playing and winning for years, like a true hacker would.

Apparently, despite efforts to reverse this trend, the number of women in the tech field continues to drop.

“In 2013, just 26 percent of computing jobs in the U.S. were held by women, down from 35 percent in 1990, according to the study released Thursday by the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit that promotes gender equality.” (Huffington Post article.)

My challenge is for us as a population, which grows wiser every day, is to stop this dated trend. Let’s embrace all genders in Tech, for they just may help you make your next big discovery or identify the best solution to your problem.

I’m not saying if you are a man that your importance is diminished. I’m asking for you to empower the other gender so that they know we don’t have to fit “gender norms.”