On International Women’s Day in 2021, I decided to share some stories from my own time in technology so far. I wanted to show why diversity in tech and addressing the gender imbalance in tech has to be about more than just single day recruiting drives in college. It’s more than just a pipeline problem, it’s an ongoing problem once women enter the tech workforce, and it is what drives many to ultimately leave tech roles or the tech industry altogether. 

If we want to do more than just pay lip service to addressing the current state of employment in tech, we have to look beyond simply hiring, and really work to address the unconscious biases we bring into the meeting rooms. We need people to “choose to challenge” these biases when they see them play out, not just sit silently.

I shared these stories not to discourage others from starting off a career in tech, but because I want people to look at these stories and resolve, next time, to speak up.

On Gender Quotas

The Citizens’ Assembly has today voted for a program of reforms on gender equality in Ireland, including some recommendations around extending gender quotas, and ahead of the predictable backlash for gender quotas, I want to share some thoughts on the

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Lots of things make you angry

Picture the scene: a typical lunch room in an office. There’s people from all teams gathered around tables, people are joining in and out of conversations as they finish their lunch or as the topic changes. A coworker mentions that

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Women just don’t ask for raises and promotions

In one of my jobs, I found myself pretty unhappy with my situation. Some of the other stories I’ve already shared had happened, I was feeling underappreciated, and passed over for things in favour for some of my male colleagues.

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I’m still speaking

A theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “choose to challenge”. They want to encourage people to challenge biases where they see them, to call it out. In my career, I haven’t experienced very many instances where someone called out

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What about the boys though?

Something I was quite proud of at one time in my career is an initiative I was involved in to encourage young girls to stay in science and technology. It was based on a program that had been run in

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That’s just how it worked out

There are often reshuffling of teams when you work in tech. Projects come and go, budget changes, and you may find yourself with a new scrum master, team mate, or manager without very much say in the matter. I had

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You can’t see what you can’t be

I graduated in 2007, and went straight into work. Since then I have worked as a coder at several companies, been promoted a few times, worked at different levels, and even transitioned into product management. My current manager is the

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A bit more experience

At one stage, a company I worked for had a major transition of version control versions, and internal tooling. A number of teams had to be trained in Git (a version control tool), and also an internal UI development framework.

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Why I am sharing these anecdotes

I wanted to start sharing some of my experiences of sexism in technology for IWD because I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding about what we need to do to try and address the gender balance issue in technology. In

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I thought you didn’t like emergency projects

I worked in a department that frequently got pulled into short lived projects, and we did a lot of “fire-fighting” (i.e. getting pulled onto a project that was in trouble, working on it for two weeks to turn it around,

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