It’s the end of the semester and honestly I do not feel like taking the time to look for an article, reading it, elaborating, summarizing it, and giving you my opinion on it. Instead, my last blog post will consist of an experience I have had. Don’t worry it still has to do with technology and ethical implications.
So as usual, on Monday’s I wake up and do the whole morning routine; kick my blanket off my legs, stretch, and tell myself that waking up this early will be over soon.
So, I headed out the door and prepared myself to drive for an hour to school. At the moment in time, I did not realize how rare I am. No I am not egocentric, I just didn’t know how rare woman were in computer science till that day. I am a woman and I am studying computer science, therefore I am rare ;).
Anyway, I got to school safe, if you were wondering, and headed to my eight a.m morning class. As I was walking up the stairs I could hear two boys having a conversation and I am not one to eavesdrop, but I did hear two words women and computer science. So I halted. I stopped in between going up and going down, so the corner of the stairs hid me well from their sight. I didn’t want to be seen as the girl who froze in the stairway, so I acted like I was tying my shoe.
I know, I know, your probably wondering what they said. I mean this whole article is based on what they said, so yeah this part is pretty important. Here it is. Besides talking about the usual things teenagers talk about and making fun of things that aren’t really good to make fun of they commented that computer science is not the place for women. They said that such career should be only for men.
Yup, there is still people who think that way. So, now I ask you all, what is a girl job and what is a boy job? If you can answer that question for me, and give me a great reasonable answer that makes sense I will give you $100. Seriously.
For me there is no such thing. I believe that gender has nothing to do with how well you are at your job or your passion. In fact, it has been proven, my professors always say it, and I always see it posted on the walls, “if you work hard and practice on something you like to do, you will be able to learn it and master it”.
Also, as the years go by, we woman have proven ourselves worthy, not like we needed to, but we did! We have become founders of great tech companies, leaders of HUGE tech companies, we have became developers and engineers. Computer Science is for everyone, technology does not have a gender, so why should the people creating it?
So, why do people still think this way? The best answer I got for you all is because they are still living in the flinstone area, or like my mother likes to say “la era de la picapiedra”.
Some advice, don’t hang out with those people. They are crazy.