Thanks for sharing your experience.

One of our writers Leigha Mitchell very eloquently explains what women want in a tech company in the article “I’m a women in tech, and this is what I want in a company.”

You have clearly found one of those companies and that is very exciting. However, we have hard data that the there are a lot more companies in the industry like this one:

So to call the whole industry

the most welcoming industry I’ve seen

seems a bit far fetched to me. I can think of many other industries that are much more welcoming of women and other underrepresented minority groups than tech.

As you say in your disclaimer, you don’t want to invalidate other people’s experience.

As a disclaimer, I’m not here to invalidate other people’s experience. I’m merely here to present my own. I don’t want the negatives to further skew people’s perception and to dissuade fellow women from entering this industry.

Claiming the whole industry is welcoming is in invalidating their experience. It is like saying hey there isn’t a problem here people, why are you complaining.

I understand you are saying you don’t want articles like the above to deter women from considering careers in technology. I don’t want that either. The goal of Code Like A Girl is to do just that. Help more women and girls consider careers in tech. However, we can’t lie to them. They need to know the truth. What we are saying is despite the sexism tech is awesome. In fact it is so awesome many of us will go out of our way, and devote a lot of our time to help change it.

To instill change we have to talk about both the good and the bad. That is why we post both the articles like above and the one below. Both are equally as important.

I am so glad you have found a welcoming environment. That makes my heart smile.

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VP of R&D at Arctic Wolf Networks - I write about Women In Tech, Cyber Security, and my journey recovering from an eating disorder.

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