The First Step

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No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.

- Emma Goldman

Saying it’s awesome to be a “girl” in tech is disingenuous. I am a woman. I love being a programmer. I point out diversity problems that exist, because I love being a programmer. It’s easy to call me negative. It’s easy to say that I am exaggerating. It may be even easy to say that I am lying. I love being a programmer so much that I want other people to be programmers too. Not just programmers, but involved in the tech community on the whole. However, for that to happen we need to recognize the serious issues that exist in the tech world. I talk about the diversity issues in tech, because I want to fix tech. I want to fix tech, because I want others to love it as much as I do.

When I speak of diversity issues in tech I don’t mean we should just fight for more women. Historically, when people push for equality certain groups get left behind. During the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. African-American women still found themselves unable to vote in a number of states and faced racism even at the hands of white suffragists. We can no longer focus on equality for some and make sure that we include everyone in the discussion. If we are to enter into a world of ubiquitous computing without everyone at the table creating the technology that will shape our lives we will find ourselves starved for the talent and creativity required.

I can't believe I still have to fight for this shit

We absolutely must need to recognize tech has a diversity problem. Recognize it and keep it in our heads at all times so we can focus on fixing the wrongs at all times.

Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now. 

Joss Whedon