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What It's Like Being a Woman in Tech

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“WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN TECH?” “Who? Me?” —Kiki Schirr


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A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN IN TECH


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Sunday night: As the workday approaches, boredom sets in, and the woman in tech looks to her computer to try to stave off the dull. However, as most of her friends have a social life / family, no one is online.


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Monday: There is a persistent rumor in the startup world that Mondays should be joyous things and that you’re so eager to get started on your project that you feel like a regular (non-startup) Joe on a Friday at 4 PM. I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of this statement, as the Startup Police would come after me.


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Tuesday: Attend a conference. Most attendees will be male. While you’re okay with that… there are some ‘moments.’


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Wednesday: You sit on a panel in the conference, and the presenter refers to you as a “woman in tech.” You’re not sure whether to be flattered, or whether there’s just more pressure on you now not to say something dumb.


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Thursday: Back at work, you push the limits of what you know and do something you’ve never done before. Instead of bragging, you celebrate internally—or happy dance.


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Friday: You get some unexpected recognition, but someone tries to rain on your parade…


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Saturday: You attempt a social outing with a non-startup friend. (For those of you in startups, that’s a popular band’s shirt…)


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Ultimately, your week isn’t that different than it would be for a guy in tech. You’ve networked, gotten stuff done, and tried desperately to kill off your rapid inbox. What’s so different about being a woman in tech?


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“SURE, HE [FRED ASTAIRE] WAS GREAT, BUT DON’T FORGET GINGER ROGERS DID EVERYTHING HE DID… BACKWARDS AND IN HEELS.” —Bob Thaves, in “Frank and Earnest”


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KIKI SCHIRR WOMAN IN TECH AUTHOR OF TECH DOODLES kikischirr@gmail.com medium.com/tech-doodles/latest


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