Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 173

August 28, 2022

Friday was #WomensEqualityDay in the US. It made me reflect back on my career and lived experiences.

  • Finding myself to be the only female developer in most teams
  • Being labelled as project manager/non-technical at tech conferences
  • Tasked with busy work while the guys discussed architecture
  • Being talked over in meetings
  • and so many more daily tiny cuts

Yes, we have made progress but we also have gone backwards (Roe v Wade, for example).

Things I am however thankful for:

  • working at a company where I am no longer the only female technical person or engineering manager in a meeting
  • working with an awesome group of people who look at my skills and experiences rather than my gender
  • having a living arrangement where I am not tasked with the “female chores”

I recommend everyone regardless of gender read Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez. I listened to the audio book version of it and the statistics were chilling and rage inducing at the same time.

One of the most important things to say about the gender data gap is that it is not generally malicious, or even deliberate. Quite the opposite. It is simply the product of a way of thinking that has been around for millennia and is therefore a kind of not thinking. A double not thinking, even: men go without saying, and women don’t get said at all. Because when we say human, on the whole, we mean man.


Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter