| Friday, June 8, 2012
After he read my post about inspiring women in I.T., the Snook said to me, "You know, you forgot one." "Which one?" "Your MOM, you ding dong!"
Oh good grief. I'm so sorry, Mom! He's totally, 100% right. I may not have known any card-carrying IBM computer programmers when I was growing up, but Mom was the reason we always had a computer in the house. I remember the first actual computer we got - an Atari 800XL that plugged into the television - and waiting for Mom to patiently type in hundreds of lines from a BASIC program in a computer magazine to create an animated picture. When we finally got a computer with a hard drive, Mom was the one who taught me the importance of parking the heads. Mom was the one who worked her way up from the factory floor at an RV manufacturer into a proper engineer and then into the I.T. department. Mom is the reason I can drop phrases like "AS400" and "green screens". Mom got me a summer job in college doing the website for the RV company, which put me on the path to the career I have now. Mom knows way more about tech support and hardware than I do, and sometimes she and Rodd geek out in a way that's even over my head.
It's ridiculous that I could forget how influential she was. Where I am strident and political about women in I.T., Mom just quietly made herself a career doing stuff she enjoyed and took care of her family as best she could. And while YouTube videos and initiatives and mentoring programs are great, nothing beats having a supportive parent who encourages kids to pursue their interests. So thanks to my wonderful clever Mom for showing me the way! (And those of you with kids - you should do the same for yours!)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
On Twitter recently I saw @tammybutow talking about a new project she's launched to highlight female role models in I.T. Tammy's project is affiliated with Go Girl, an I.T. career showcase for high school girls. Her idea is to collect photos of women with I.T. careers and compile them into a video to inspire the students. When I was in high school, I thought computer programmers were just guys in neckties who worked at IBM. I don't remember any girls in the Computer Club, and I certainly didn't join myself. I briefly considered a dual CS major in college but chickened out for fear I wasn't smart enough. I had no idea that one day I'd know lots of cool, smart, funky women who work in I.T. with jobs like "Programmer," "Game Designer," "User Experience Director," "Project Manager," and even "Business Systems Analyst." (That last one is actually ME!)
So anyway, this is an issue I feel pretty strongly about. I don't want my nieces growing up to think that computers aren't something girls work with. So I gathered up all the women in the office yesterday morning and corralled them into a photograph. (There are actually more than five, but this is all I could round up on short notice.) I present to you the inspiring women of Sitback!
Full size version here. Thanks to Kunaal for the photograph!
From left to right, that's Lindsey (Project Manager), Alison (Group Account Manager), me (Business Systems Analyst + GEEK!), Leanne (User Experience Director), and Elly (Producer). Woo! Go women of Sitback!
Updated to add: I can't believe I forgot to mention the most inspiring woman in I.T. I know!
I made a beautiful, tasty thing tonight. #ratatouille
This is Smitten Kitchen's ratatouille, and it's a beautiful thing! Usually we just chunk everything up and throw in a pot, so spending the time to meticulously slice all the veg was an effort. I used a rather large eggplant (cut in two so the slices were half-moons), a big zucchini, and a big red capsicum. This version is also baked rather than cooked on the stove. The Snook was skeptical of all the work, but he was converted when I served it up. Oh! And I put some creamy goat's cheese on top, as the recipe suggests. PERFECTION. That just takes it right over the top...
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