I am a Geeky Girl, Hear Me Roar!
For every female candidate I talk to about a job opportunity, I probably talk to 4 males. The trend is unmistakable. Women need to have a larger presence in the IT field. We’ve all seen what happens when general perception runs afoul that the IT world belongs to men: we get presented with troglodytic, asinine apps. Such a delight then to see a girl represent the best of her age group and gender at TechCrunch’s Disrupt on September 8, 2013.
If a 9-year old girl can do it (yep, you read it right, she’s 9), how much more can her grown up counterparts do?
Luckily, Girl Geek Dinner exists. Girl Geek Dinner, a global organization with a highly active Bay Area chapter, enables thousands of local women to empower each other in pursuits of IT-related knowledge and roles. True to the organizers’ ingenious marketing sensibilities, GGD wines and dines women for three-hour fun-filled events of networking and tech topic presentations. Jeans ok? I’m there! Hors d’oeuvres? Yes please. Gazillion wines in selection? Divine. Oh, and I get to hear smart women openly share tips and experiences on the many IT-related opportunities? Truly amazing.
Here are some photos taken from events attended:
Let’s pledge to be part of a movement that promotes technical and engineering fields to women. Let’s aim for a Jane Austen-inspired statement and feel empowerment – not second-class citizenship- with the association. Let it be a truth universally acknowledged that women in IT rock.