If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention
Rachel Thomas

Well there’s clearly something wrong if women feel like this and maybe things have got worse, not better at the grass roots in tech but the above sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy. My advice is — don’t make it true.

How am I qualified to say this? I made a career in IT work for me. I started in the days when IT was called Computing and I didn’t see a computer until after I’d been on a Cobol training course. Yes, I had maternity leave but most women didn’t go back to work in those days so I followed suit. I took 6 years off and although I was miserable, I thought it was impossible to resume my career. But either I got lucky or I believed in myself and I got another job.

On a couple of other occassions I have taken time out and by luck and /or persistence I resumed my career. I think most industries are ageist, sexist and possibly racist; you just have to get on with it and focus on doing a good job.

What am I working on now ? I’m the technical project manager implementing a diversity monitoring system within the UK broadcasting (TV) industry.

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