I am a Woman in Tech

27 Nov 2020

I am a Woman in Tech.*

That means that I am technical.
That means that I am a community builder. That means that I can give a technical talk in the same week that I mentor and MC an event.
That means that I don’t want to be put in the project management track.
That means that there are unexplored tech fields out there, and I’m going to explore them.
That means that I will get stuck sometimes and ask for help.
That means that I will be willing to share my experiences.
That means that I will tell other women about who to avoid in tech.
That means that I will know the answer or how to find it.
That means that I am devoted to growing and learning and figuring it out.
That means that what I value most is good people.

I am a mom in tech.

That means that I will not apologize when I put my kids first.
That means that sometimes my kids will come into my camera range and wave or scream or cry or kick each other.
That means that when I have time to code, I will put all the more drive into it.
That means that tech will never be the most important thing in my life.
That means that I recognize the importance of community, dependability, and flexibility.
That means that I do not have time to waste.
That means that I will not work with people who have a problem with that or who passive-aggressively comment on the number of children I have.
That means that I have specific opinions, viewpoints, and perspectives on things that most other people in tech do not have.

I am a community creator in tech.

That means that I have a community that I am fiercely in support of.
That means that I see every person as a human being before I ever look at them as a dev.
That means that I allow myself to be vulnerable because I know how important that is.
That means that I value community over competition, caring over pushing people to the very limits of their emotional wellbeing.
That means that I value growth and mentorship and teaching at all levels.
That means that I meet people where they are.
That means that I value exploration.
That means that people are what matter.

I am an ADHD person in tech.

That means that I communicate differently than a lot of people I know.
That means that sometimes when I’m really excited about an idea, I talk loud and fast and for a long time without realizing it.
That means that sometimes I hyper-focus and it takes a longgggg time to break out of it.
That means that other times, I can’t focus at all.
That means that sometimes I feel things very intensely and find it hard to communicate.
That means that sometimes I over-communicate.
That means that I value my systems.
That means that sometimes when other people are going to sleep I just can’t stop myself.
That means that I deeply value the people who have agreed to come on this journey with me.
That means that I’m running a marathon, but sprinting the whole time–and I love it.

I am a person in tech.
I am dynamic and complex.
I reserve the right to change at any time.
I will not be labeled as one thing.
I can do all of the things that I want, and if you tell me I can’t I’ll take that as a challenge.

When I was 18, an adult woman told me, “Bekah, you can’t change the world.”

Watch me.





*This is not met to represent anyone else; it’s solely based on my feelings and experiences.