Personally, when I saw the clip, I wasn’t outraged — in part because I’ve been working in male-dominated fields for so long that what I think of as Dumb Widdle Girl syndrome is so common that I think of it as background noise at this point. But I was disappointed. I cringed when I heard Huang’s remark.
And I imagine that any young female engineer or data scientist watching felt the same way. When we talk about the dearth of women and minorities in technology, we can point to a variety of systemic reasons that don’t help, and this is one of them: if women do make it into the field, men express surprise that they’re there.
…ing your male counterparts did to achieve exactly the same results. If they were being more direct: It’s impressive that you overcame the intellectually debilitating condition of being female to understand the nuances of deep learning. You’re really smart — for a girl.